Nagasaki Day Commemorated At A School In Assam, India

Anup Sarmah is the coordinator of the Karuna Trust, a health development charity, visited ANT-Hiroshima in September 2009 while in Japan on a trip organized by the Asian Health Institute Nagoya.
Anup sent us a report about how a school in the Sonitpur district of Assam marked Nagasaki Day this year.
Greetings from Assam, the land of tea in North East India.
A day long program was organized on the occasion of Nagasaki Day on 9th August 2012 at Barangabari village in the Sonitpur District of Assam. It was conducted at Morning Star High School, a leading educational institute in Assam.
Mr Jadav Chaliha, the Chairperson of the school took part in organizing the initiative with me, and thanks to his efforts the program was successful. We also invited students, teachers, lecturers and well-wishers to join in the events. Altogether 600 students participated in the program.

The program started with the making of a human chain with all the students and teachers. An oath was taken by the students in which they promised to maintain peace in society. They also paid homage to all the atomic bomb victims of both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Candles were lit and students prayed for the well being of all the people around the world.

Those events were followed by a power point presentation about the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Slides included the Hiroshima Peace Park, interaction with the ANT-Hiroshima group, pictures of FAT MAN and LITTLE BOY bomb, and also about Japan. The presentation was followed by the film, White light black Rain.
After that, there was a Lecture session on Hiroshima/Nagasaki by professor Durgal Nepal followed by question answer session. A quiz was also held after the lecture session. Four schools participated in the events.
Anup Sarmah

Coordinator Karuna Trust

ANT-Hiroshima would like to thank Anup-san for his continuing dedication to the cause of peace education. Anup organized a similar commemorative event two years ago, and we reported about it here:
Hiroshima Day was observed in a small village in Assam state, India


Hiroshima Day was observed in a small village in Assam State, India

06082010120On 6th August 2010, Hiroshima Day was observed in a small village in Assam state, India. The event took place in the local school and about 500 students took part. Students from nearby schools, teachers and a few local dignitaries also participated in the events.

The main objective of the event was to raise awareness among the school children of the necessity of peace in our lives and in society as a whole.

A symbolic human chain was made, oaths of peace were taken, and various other events such as lectures and a documentary film show were scheduled.

06082010125Professor Kshriradhar Boruah, a National Science award winner, was the chief guest of the day and Professor Rana Hazarika, Dept of Chemistry, Biswanath College , Assam was a guest of honour. Professor Boruah and Professor Hazarika interacted with the students and explained about present nuclear world and discussed the recent India-US nuclear deal. They explained about the positive use of nuclear power and their discussion attracted a large audience, which participated with great enthusiasm.

06082010130Stephen Okazaki‘s documentary of the A-bombing of Hiroshima, White light-Black Rain, was shown. The audience of villagers and students was very surprised to see the celebrations in America when Japan surrendered shortly after the A-bombs were dropped. It seemed strange that in the same world thousands of people were dying in one part and at the same time hundreds of people were celebrating in another part. Many in the audience had tears in their eyes.

After that there was a peace rally in the small township in which students and local people participated.

We would like to thank Anup Kumar Sarmah, of the Karuna Trust, ILDC, Assam, India for organizing this event.

Anup came to Hiroshima on a visit organized by the Asian Health Institute earlier this year. He took back with him various information materials including a DVD copy of White Light/Black Rain because he wanted to show it to people in Assam so that they would be able to realize what is the outcome of a nuclear attack.




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