March 2001 News

Violence has no place in democracy: CM

24 March 2001
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU: Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah today said violence has no place in democracy, essence of which is to project grievances in a peaceful manner. Speaking at the valedictory function of a workshop on our cultural diversity, organised by the Centre for cultural Research and Training (CCRT) here this afternoon, he said India with diverse religions and races, the people especially teachers have a bounden responsibility to strengthen well established institutions. He called for inclusion of country’s unique cultural diversity in the academic curriculum in order to prepare the new generation for building a strong and vibrant nation. He urged teachers to help in building a healthy and harmonious society by giving good education and imbibing moral value among children. ‘Teacher plays a significant role in shaping destiny of a child that ultimately has tremendous bearing on the society as a whole’, he said. Referring to the development scenario in the country, he said Jammu and Kashmir is still much behind in comparison to other states due to peculiar situation. Scenic splendour and rich cultural ethos, harmony has been the greatest asset of the State that has been attracting people around the world, he said. Dr. Abdullah invited the trainees to visit Kashmir on government expense and urged participants from the Valley to extend traditional hospitality to their colleagues during their visit. "Come and see for yourself the scenic grandeur of the Valley which is not just a place where guns should rattle", he said, adding the State is endeavouring to usher in an era of normalcy after undergoing a long and traumatic phase of militancy. He also asked the teachers to make their students computer literate as the new millennium has vast openings in this field. The Director General, CCDRT, Mr. Surinder Koul gave a resume of the activities of the organisation and said a training course is being organised soon in Srinagar for the first time. The main feature of such events is to impart training to inservice teachers to acquaint them with latest teaching methodology and rich cultural heritage of the country. A report on the workshop was also read out on the occasion. The Chief Minister gave away certificates to the participating trainees and went round the exhibition organised by the CCRT. A colourful cultural programme and a puppet show was presented by the trainees. Minister for Works Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar was also present on the occasion.


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