Embassy of Japan in India
1. Ambassador Hiramatsu and a delegation of the Japanese community in Delhi, as well as five visiting Japanese Members of Parliament (Mr. Shinjiro Koizumi, Mr. Hideki Murai, Mr. Norikazu Suzuki, Mr. Masanobu Ogura, and Mr. Fumiaki Kobayashi) visited the Parliament this morning (Monday, August 6) to observe the reference to dropping of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a minute of silence in the memory of the victims of the said bombings at Lok Sabha.
2. Prior to the observance, the Japanese delegation paid a courtesy call on Honourable Speaker of Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan. In the meeting, Ambassador Hiramatsu expressed Japan’s deep appreciation to this act of solidarity at the Parliament. Mr. Koizumi, on behalf of the delegation of the Japanese MPs which includes Mr. Kobayashi from Hiroshima, extended their sincere gratitude, telling the Speaker that it was a great honour for them to take part in such an extraordinary act by the Indian Parliament, which no one could probably find anywhere else in the world.
3. At the chamber, Honourable Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said as follows:
You may recall that 73 years ago, on 6th August and 9th August 1945, cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated with Nuclear bombs, because of which destruction of unimaginable scale happened.
A great number of innocent citizens were killed and injured and crippled for life.
Even 73 years later, the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are still facing the ill effects of the nuclear radiations.
India has always been committed and a firm believer of the principles of Ahimsha (Non-Violence) and Shanti (Peace) and we have always played a key role in maintaining of Global peace and stability.
India has always stood for the principle of सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिन (May All become Happy).
Come and lets join our resolve to strengthen the efforts to destroy the weapons of mass destruction and to promote global peace and brotherhood.
ॐ सर्वेशां स्वस्तिर्भवतु ।
सर्वेशां शान्तिर्भवतु ।
सर्वेशां पुर्णंभवतु ।
सर्वेशां मङ्गलंभवतु ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
Om Sarveshaam Svastir-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Shaantir-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Purnnam-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Manggalam-Bhavatu |
May there be Well-Being in All,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Fulfilment in All,
May there be Auspiciousness in All,
Now this House may please rise and observe a moment of silence in the memory of the departed souls and to the victims affected by the nuclear radiations. (End)