India: Ektaan CC celebrates IDP in Asansol, West Bengal

22 September 2010
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Namaste and greetings of Peace from India. Yesterday on the 21st of September we had an amazingly successful IDP program here in the city of Asansol, West Bengal, where 6 CCs along with many others observed Peace Day.

We started with a peace walk from our URI sub-regional office to the famous auditorium of the city known as Rabindra Bhaban, a half-kilometer walk. On behalf of URI and Ektaan CC, I welcomed all dignitaries and participants. In the auditorium, the opening ceremony was initiated by 5 religious and spiritual leaders representing Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Christianity, in the presence of our special guest, the honorable Mayor of the City.

Ektaan launched their new website, an a new CD of Tagore songs was released. A special message from Swami Agnivesh was displayed and read.  People were moved very much by the remarks of all the guests, and a promising future of Ektaan was realized by all members.

Among the many rewarding moments, the most touching was when the wife of the honorable Mayor affirmed our work on interfaith issues for promoting peace. "I would like to come to your group and know more about your work," she said.

More than 100 artists and musicians participated in various performances with a remarkable stage setup.  Students, teachers, media, supporters and many others joined hands together to make this event very successful.

This is surely the first time in our region that IDP made its way to become a truly visible sign of URI activity.

We will never forget people traveled for hours to participate in this event, especially our brothers and sisters from other states.

Thank to all.  We are on the go.

Biswadeb Chakraborty