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October 28, 2006

"Daisaku Ikeda Corner on Culture of Peace" Opens at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

Dr. Radhakrishnan addresses audience

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) designated a special area of their library for publications on a culture of peace, dedicating it to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in recognition of his efforts to spread Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence. On October 28, 2006, Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, chair of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, inaugurated Daisaku Ikeda Corner on Culture of Peace, which will feature works of influential peace activists with an aim to heighten awareness of pacifism and peaceful means to conflict resolution. The "Gandhi King Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" exhibition also opened at the same venue. In his keynote address, Dr. Radhakrishnan emphasized that "the quality of life can not be measured by material possessions but by the legacy we leave behind" and indicated that for all three peace leaders, the legacy was their profound humanity. On this occasion, Bharat Soka Gakkai presented the IGNCA library with 49 books authored by Dr. Ikeda.

Seminar participants

A seminar entitled "Daisaku Ikeda: In Pursuit of Peace" commemorated the opening. The audience then watched the film "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: Community Builders." Dr. Gaur of IGNCA gave a welcome address, followed by words from Ms. Naveena Reddi, director general of Bharat Soka Gakkai. The inauguration ceremony was jointly undertaken by IGNCA and BSG.

Commemorative photo of seminar speakers

[Adapted from a BSG press release and an article in the November 9, 2006, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]