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250 cyclists enthusiastically participated in 'Peace Cycle Rally' organised by India Peace Centre to mark the International Peace Day today (September 21). The rally was flagged off by DCP Deepali Masirkar, eminent chartered accountant Dr Tejinder Singh Rawal and President of Rotary Club of Nagpur Downtown Virendra Patrikar at Civil Lines at 7 am.
Speaking on the occasion, Masirkar, who herself is a cyclist and an athlete, encouraged all present to adapt to cycling as a pollution-free and fitness-oriented means of transport. She applauded the efforts of 40-year-old organisation India Peace Centre in using bicycle as a vehicle to spread the message of peace.
Dr Tejinder Singh Rawal, who's the director of India Peace Centre, addressed the participants and the volunteers on the relevance of International Peace Day and various peace initiatives taken up by India Peace Centre. He even declared that the cycle rally, which started last year, would be organised every year on International Peace Day in Nagpur. When Nation Next asked Dr Rawal about how hopeful is he about the peace against the backdrop of constant terrorist activities like Uri attacks, he said, "It's very difficult to forcefully instill peace in somebody; it has to come from within. Still, we keep trying to educate people about the importance of peace and harmony. We have to be loving and caring towards each other."
The rally, which started from Civil Lines, ended at Samvidhan Square. Then, the participants walked up to Mahatma Gandhi statue at Variety square, where they paid homage the Father of the Nation.
The event was supported by YMCA Nagpur, Rotary Club of Nagpur Downtown, Lions Club of Nagpur and Tirpude College of Social Works.
International Peace Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981 to strengthen the ideals of peace among people and nations. With the theme - Right to Peace of People - International Peace Day was observed for the first time in September 1982.