The participants at the international seminar ”Against the Bomb: for Peace, Health and Development” expressed deep concern at the ongoing violence around the globe. Even ‘low intensity conflicts’ involving nuclear weapons powers as in South Asia and Northeast Asia can pose a threat of escalation which could lead to the actual use of nuclear weapons. The seminar was organized by Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) and Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), India on 14-15 March 2020 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The seminar was attended by 65 participants from 13 states, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telengana, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Manipur, Assam, Nagaland and J & K. The Co President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), Dr Tilman Ruff sent a very effective video message for the seminar. Former President of IPPNW, Dr.Vappu Taipale and Ilka Taipale also sent their video messages.
The subjects discussed at the seminar included Abolition of Nuclear Weapons – the Way Forward, Building Peace Movement in the subcontinent, Arms Race in South Asia – Imminent Dangers and the Way Ahead, Militarization, Nuclearization and Climate Change – A Threat to Future Generations, Organised Violence - Challenge for Health (in reference to violence in Delhi), Climate Protection - Renewable vs Nuclear energy and the Health Scenario in India.
Prominent speakers include Dr Arun Mitra – Co President IPPNW, Dr Shakeel Ur Rahman – General Secretary IDPD, Maj Gen. (Retd.) Vinod Saighal, Achin Vanaik - CNDP, Anil Chaudhary - CNDP, Dr Dinesh Varshney, Dr Satyajit Kumar Singh, Dr Ajay Mishra, Dr Dori Lall, Dr Sonali, Dr Vaishali Patil, Dr Nara Singh, Dr Manglem Singh, Dr Yudhisthir Dass, Dr Asis Debbarma, Dr J.K.Ghosh, Dr Dharmendra Kumar, Ms.Amarjeet Kaur, Ms.Wahida Ismail, N.D. Jayprakash, Dr Sadanandam, Dr Bibha Singh, Dr Akhilesh Aggarwal.
The session on dialogue with youth and students was chaired by Dr Chetna Hans. Others who participated in the discussion in this session included Dr Gaganpreet Singh, Dr Hemant Rathore, Dr Suraj Dhillon, Mr.Vicky Mahesri, Dr.Bharti Sharma.
The seminar decided to strengthen the peace movement and took the following decisions: