Peace is affordable: Khekiho

Noel Manuel 
Dimapur | November 26

“Peace is affordable and within our reach. It can be procured at the cost of sacrifice,” said Khekiho Zhimomi, Minister of Industries & Commerce.   

Gracing the Lion’s “Peace Poster” exhibition at the Lion’s Club today as chief guest, the NPF heavyweight pointed out that the fate of society largely depends on the role of the people and peace that is generated within the common consensus of every family. 

“Peace is above everything and the many wars that were fought have justified, that at the end of it all. The only objective of these wars were peace and prosperity for mankind. A man can be rich but not necessarily have peace of mind,” Khekiho said and added that peace, like any other purpose, has to be produced through sacrifice and hard work.

Appreciating the Lion’s Club for their social concern in organizing free eye medical camps, the minister admitted that the 600 patients registered at the ongoing two-day camp had ‘removed his suspicions’ of Dimapur actually needing eye specialists. “I was of the view that Dimapur did not have too many patients with eye related problems and therefore the requirement of good eye specialists did not arise” he confessed. “The faith bestowed by the many eye patients at the free eye camp is an indication of the dedicated and committed service of the doctors and the members of the Lion’s Club of Dimapur,” the minister added.

Guest of honour and past District Governor Lion Satya Brata Baruah reflected upon the story of the boy at the beach.“We should take a lesson from the young boy at the beach and how he used to spend time tossing starfish that were washed ashore, back into the sea. He cared little about himself and more about the lives of others. If one boy can make a difference to so many lives, we too, can together, bring about big differences in life,” he said.

Earlier, in her welcome address Lion Lalitha Khadria, District Chairperson of the peace poster affirmed that the 85 entries from 7 states had encouraged people from all walks of life. She congratulated the eight schools that participated from the state on November 11. 

Priya Agarwal of DPS School Dimapur bagged the first prize while Biroj Dey and Sandeep Saha of Holy Cross School secured the second and third prize respectively.

Jashree Baruah of Lions Club of Jorhat Dissoi Valley secured the first prize in the District 322. Her poster will now participate for the second round at the four district level competition.  Lion Kaholi Sema, earlier introduced the chief guest to the audience and Lion Urmila Paira delivered the vote of thanks. President of the Lions Club of Blue Vanda Lion Saraswati Sharma was also present on the occasion, besides a host of DMC members and distinguished guests. 

The judges for the competition included S Ahmed from Jorhat, Sangeeta Garg of Delhi Public School and Jeeme Das from Dimapur.