Monday, October 08, 2007

“Understanding terrorism is the first step towards combating it”

“The primary issue of concern in today’s world is to answer the most pertinent questions on terrorism. Who is a terrorist? What is a terrorist act?” Finding answers to these questions is the first step in step in solving International Terrorism, remarked Nitin Desai, former Under-Secretary General for Economic & Social Affairs in the United Nations. Mr. Desai was participating in the panel discussion on International Terrorism as a part of DAIMUN 2007, a simulated Model United Nations (MUN) organised by the students of Dhirubhai Ambani International School.

The students were found today in a particularly energized mood for the primary reason that four great dignitaries had graced the event which has been awarded the status of being the only official THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) affiliated MUN in south-east Asia. The four day DAIMUN 2007, the fourth annual conference involving over 350 students from 40 schools started on Friday with student delegates representing 126 countries in various committees like the Security Council, Economic and Social council, Human Rights Council, and the General Assembly debating over topical issues of global significance and passing resolutions to deal with them.

The panel discussion marked the beginning of the conference moderated by the Managing Director of NDTV, Barkha Dutt. Other subject experts who interacted lively with the enthusiastic students were N.K Singh, the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of Govt. of Bihar and former member of UN Global Commission on International Migration and Savitri Kunadi, former Ambassador and member of the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. A perspicacious and illuminating discourse on various aspects related to international terrorism and the means to combat it ensued. Chairperson of the school, Mrs. Nita Ambani, inaugurated the conference by the lighting of diya.

The panel discussion was followed by an open question and answer session between the students and the panelists moderated by Burkha Dutt. Students raised questions related to human rights abuse, killing of the innocent, civil rights, social inequality, naxalite movement, religious intolerance, role of the media, stereotyping, state terrorism and the fight against terrorism. Burkha Dutt said that it was the most informed audience body that she had ever come across. She added that she had hope in India’s youth looking at the level of information and opinion on important subject matters they had.

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