Event Reports & Photos – South Asia
“We held a peace rally in the capital city of Bangladesh and at Dhaka University Campus by CGS Bangladesh under the leadership of Prof. Ali Neyamat, Ambassador to IPB and Chief Adviser of CGS Bangladesh. We held a seminar and peace rally program with the Hon. Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka and Bangladesh Ambassador to Kenya M. Wahidur Rahman.”
Dadabari Kota, Rajasthan — Rural Development & Youth Training Institute (RDYTI)
“On 11 and 12 April 2011, we organized two workshops, village rallies, and meetings in connection with the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). We discussed in detail about our military expenditures in comparison with poverty alleviation activities (Millennium Development Goals) in our country.
“Two budget experts actively participated in our workshops and village rallies. News of our campaign and workshop were published in newspapers as well as broadcast on local TV and radio. A very good environment has emerged in our state, and discussion continues among educated people, youths, and activists.”
Nagpur — Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection
“We arranged a seminar for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on April 12 2011. Prominent politicians, bureaucrats, policy makers, activists, and NGOs participated in the event.”
New Delhi – Control Arms Foundation of India / Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network
“A vigil and drumming ceremony was organized at India Gate, where fliers were distributed to the public. We later submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Singh and also to members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence.
“Our battle is against starvation and deprivation, which cannot be fought with guns and missiles. In our memorandum, we call upon government of India to:
1. Cut military expenditures and deploy the saved funds towards combating poverty and providing social security.
2. Support the United Nations process for an international Arms Trade Treaty.
3. Call upon governments in South Asia to support the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
4. Take the lead in international humanitarian disarmament, which was the pillar of India’s Foreign Policy in 1950s and 1960s.
5. Include women in peace, security, and disarmament issues.”
Photo credit: Kausiki Sarma