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President of the Republic to attend the conference "Peace, Non-violence and Empowerment – Gandhian Philosophy in 21st Century"

Ljubljana, 01/26/2007  |  press release

President of the Republic Dr Janez Drnovšek will travel to India on Saturday to attend the international conference "Peace, Non-violence and Empowerment – Gandhian Philosophy in 21st Century".

The international conference that will be held on 29 and 30 January in New Delhi is organized by the Indian National Congress to mark the centenary of the Satyagraha movement. The movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi, Indian leader and combatant for human rights, as a way of peaceful resistance against discrimination and unjust laws. Over the years, it converted from a platform of passive idealism to effective action. To acknowledge the historical contribution made by Gandhi and the values espoused by him, the Indian National Congress has undertaken steps to commemorate the centenary in a befitting manner. It is also an occasion to renew the commitment of the people of India to his noble mission of building a world that is in peace and harmony with itself.

Eminent world leaders, statesmen, Nobel laureates, representative delegations from the major political parties and leading civil society organizations working for peace and human rights will attend the conference.

The conference will develop the following topics: non violent approach to conflict resolution and peace building, Gandhian philosophy for poverty eradication, education and people's empowerment, dialogue among peoples and cultures, and creation of a nuclear weapons-free and non-violent world order.

Throughout his life, Mahatma Gandhi led relentless campaigns to end racial discrimination, for the alleviation of the poverty, for the liberation of women, for brotherhood amongst differing religions and ethnicities. His noble philosophy and innate spirituality continues to inspire champions of peace all over the world. His determination, indomitable courage and sacrifice have inspired the people of India and turned them into revolutionaries fighting for freedom.
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