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Monday, 25th May 2009
11th Jyeth (Samvat 541 Nanakshahi)
New Delhi: On April 11th 2009, UNITED SIKHS organised a workshop entitled, ‘Poems for Peace,’ at Guru Harkrishan Public School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. The year 2009 marks a generation since the 1984 Sikh Genocide in Punjab, Delhi and other parts of India. This event was organised to honour the memory of the innocent who fell victim to the mad violence and lack of peace of that dark era.
Poems for Peace, founded by an American lady, Lauri Hoffman Bunting, is a worldwide poetry exchange on the theme of peace, with the aim of weaving a strong and colourful tapestry of Peace in the world. After a brief introduction on UNITED SIKHS and Poems for Peace, Harjyot Kaur ran a PowerPoint presentation on Poems for Peace to give the students a better picture of what the project is all about. The presentation included poems and artwork contributed by students from many countries. You may read some of these poems here.
Poems written for Poems for Peace were then recited by a mixed group of students of Guru Harkrishan Public School. Tanisha of III- C, Japneet Kaur of IV- C, Mehdeep Singh of V- B, Manpreet Kaur Parmar of VIII- C, Prabhleen Kaur of VIII- C and Karanpreet Singh of IX- C recited poems. You may read poems by Prabhleen Kaur and Parmeet Singh here .
S. Jagjit Singh from Guru Harkrishan Public School, Kalkaji, a guest, shared his views on Peace relating it to the Gurus’ sakhis (parables) of the Mughal era.
An interactive brainstorming session followed, led by Harsimran Singh, a UNITED SIKHS volunteer, during which the students shared their ideas on actively creating peace in their daily lives and in the world as a basis for the poetry and artwork they would subsequently create in the classroom. All the students took an active interest in the discussion held. Many students also put forth their views on how peace should be promoted. One of the students Prabhleen Kaur said, “We should bring peace inside our hearts by doing simran (meditation) and paath (prayers).”
Hardeep Singh, ex- principal, Guru Ram Das Academy, a UNITED SIKHS volunteer, honoured the principal of the school, Mr. S. S. Minhas and Mrs. Raminder Kaur, H.O.D., Divinity with a bouquet.
A CD on the1984 Sikh Genocide was given to all the staff members of the school.
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