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The Wardha Peace Conference- 29 Jan

The second day of the international peace conference opened with the second round table discu forssion on nonviolent economy. Moderated by Rajni Bakshi and featuring distinguished guests who shared their views and ideas on how to bring about a nonviolent economy. The discussions highlighted the role of village based economy and local based production as an alternative to the current top-down model of development. The padyatrees had written their experiences and learnings on completing 100 days of the yatra. These were compiled as a book, 'Footprints of Peace' and released by Rajagopal P V. and Jill Carr-Harris. This was followed by felicitation of the padyatrees by the Odisha Ekta team who are here to extend solidarity with Jai jagat. The second session of the day started with the third round table conference on 'Gandhi, the way forward'. The discussions addressed two basic questions, the relevance of Gandhi today and how to take his ideas forward. In the evening, Prof. Reva Joshi made a presentation centered around the website documenting work in the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian foundation for World Peace, Edmonton, Canada. The website presents the stories of teachers' engagement with school children in practicing nonviolence. Some very interesting projects by the school children were presented in the experiences shared by the teachers. The day ended with a spell binding performace by Megha Dalton who entertained the audience with rendition of folk songs from Jharkhand.

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Advisory Committee: Yves Berthelot (France),  PV Rajagopal (India), Vandana Shiva (India), Oliver de Schutter (Belgium), Mazide N’Diaye (Senegal), Gabriela Monteiro (Brazil), Irakli Kakabadze (Georgia), Anne Pearson (Canada), Liz Theoharis (USA), Sulak Sivaraksa (Thailand), Jagat Basnet (Nepal), Miloon Kothari (India),  Irene Santiago (Philippines), Arsen Kharatyan (Armenia), Margrit Hugentobler (Switzerland), Jill Carr-Harris (Canada/India), Reva Joshee (Canada), Sonia Deotto (Mexico/Italy),Benjamin Joyeux (Geneva/France), Aneesh Thillenkery, Ramesh Sharma, Ran Singh (India)