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Young champ for peace

A fifth grader has helped her cradle, Little Flower School, Telco in Jamshedpur, to be at the top of the pole and campaign for world peace.

The school installed the peace pole on Thursday, an 8ft-long vinyl structure sent by Peace Pals International, US, to Class V student Rajashree Choudhury.

Rajashree topped the international art competition of Peace Pals International, The World Peace Prayer Society, New York, with her entry — a painting of India’s enduring ambassador of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande was present as the chief guest during the ceremony to install the peace pole on the school campus.

The school installed the pole as a symbol of peace to let students realise the importance of peace prevailing in the world.

Peace Pals, an international programme, encourages children and teenagers from five to 16 years to become peacemakers dedicated to living the spirit of the words, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

In Rajashree’s entry in the 8-10 age group, her painting titled My Hero — a portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi with happy children in the backdrop of a dove — also had a message. She had inscribed with wisdom way beyond her years — “Mahatma Gandhi’s vision and path, may peace prevail on earth”.

“Mahatma Gandhi always spread the message of non-violence, not only in India but across the globe. If we stop hating each other, peace will automatically come to all countries. Non-violence is one of the simple ways to maintain peace in society,” Rajashree told The Telegraph.

The pre-teen is not just a painter for peace, she is already an environmentalist of repute.

“Non-violence to nature equals ecological conservation,” said the girl who is one of the four young ambassadors of India for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) who works on its Tunza eco-generation platform.

A social networking platform for children and youths across the globe, it brings together green ideas and initiatives from diverse countries. It also offers a range of possibilities to engage world citizens in environment conservation activities relevant to them.

“What may work in India may not in Kenya or Sweden, for instance,” says Rajashree, who so far has posted 17 reports on various environment activities in the state on the UNEP Tunza website.