Ottawa - A peace ceremony is being held for Peace River First Nation on Monday evening.It's the first time this year that the community has had a public celebration for the river.The First Nation and the Ottawa District School Board have agreed to hold the event to mark the end of school for a special day for the people.The event is being hosted by the Ottawa-Carleton School Board.The ceremony is ...
The world is mourning the death of the world’s first Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
He was the first Indian to win the prize, after his country joined the peacekeeping force, in the aftermath of the Indian independence war.
But a day before he was to receive the prize on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was also the first prime minister to receive it, was seen holding a copy of the US-authored peace book, Peace in Spanish, which includes a chapter on the role of Islam in the war.
In his speech, Mr Modi said the book “represents the voice of millions of people in the world today”.
“As we mourn our friend, Dr Rajiv Gandhi, we should also remember the people who died fighting to bring peace to the world,” he said.
“This book will always remain a treasure to those who read it.
I urge everyone to read it.”‘
We have to be honest’Despite Mr Modi’s words, the book has sparked anger among Indian Muslims, who see the book as biased against Islam.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1984.
The book has been criticised by rights groups who say it was written to undermine Hindu-Muslim relations and promote the idea that Muslims should be forced to become Christians or Jews.
But the author, Abdul Hameed, has denied the accusations.
He said the authorship of the book had been a gift to his readers and to his countrymen, not to hurt the reputation of Muslims.
“There is no intention to undermine our identity as a country or to tarnish the image of Muslims,” he told the BBC.
“We have a strong and robust tradition of being honest with one another, and we have a shared history of faith, of tolerance and tolerance.”
Dr Hameid said he was surprised by the criticism of the title of his book.
“It’s very unfortunate that people are making this reference to me because I have written this book.
I did not write it for anybody else,” he added.
The Nobel Peace prize was first awarded in 1973 and was handed to Dr Hamed in 1996.
The award has been repeatedly criticised in India, with critics saying it unfairly benefits people who have been killed in the country’s armed conflicts.