Nobel peace prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai is an opportunity to be availed and both India and Pakistan should move forward for a meaningful dialogue for lasting peace in the region. This was the crux of the rally and march taken out by the Communist Party of India from the railway station to clock tower, Ludhiana, on Monday.
The rally was taken out to congratulate the Nobel laureates and to appeal to the governments of India and Pakistan to shun war rhetoric against each other.
Amarjeet Kaur, national secretary of the CPI, said that it was unfortunate that the tension between the two countries was being used for petty electoral gains in both the countries. She was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that Pakistan had been taught a lesson and a similar statement by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that India should not take Pakistan lightly. Such rhetoric had already caused damage to peace in the region.
Dr Arun Mitra, assistant secretary of the CPI, expressed serious concern at the ongoing firing on the Indo-Pak border by both sides leading to several casualties.
Others who addressed the rally included Gulzar Gorea, Gurnam Sidhu, Kewal Singh, Gurnam Gill, Ramesh Rattan and Vijay Kumar.