Funeral of atom bomb in Mumbai on Wednesday

August 4th, 2008 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 4 (IANS) Over 2,000 students, lawyers and social activists are expected to take party in an anti-nuclear peace march and perform the “funeral” of atom bomb here Wednesday to commemorate Hiroshima Day. “Four young school students shall carry the symbolic coffin of atom bomb on their shoulders and walk a distance of one kilometre to highlight the common masses’ plea for a bomb-free world,” Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal (BSM) head T.R.K. Somaiya told IANS Monday.

Apart from BSM, Hindustani Prachar Sabha, volunteers of National Social Service units of University of Mumbai and SNDT Women’s University, school children, mediapersons, representatives of NGOs and others are expected to take part in the “funeral” procession.

Hiroshima Day is observed in many parts of the world with special vigils and peace marches. It is held to commemorate the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city Aug 6, 1945. Three days later a second bomb fell on the city of Nagasaki.

Somaiya said the march would seek to highlight the ill effects about a nuclear holocaust and how it can affect even future generations. They will also take a pledge to work towards peace and strive for a nuclear-weapons free world.

The march will start from Flora Fountain and wend its way to the historic Azad Maidan, both in the heart of south Mumbai’s central business district.

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