Washington DC, August 23, 2003. Nirmala Deshpande, a well known disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and an eminent social worker visiting Washington DC for the past two days said that the
Peace movement in different parts of the world including the United States in recent times had inspired her deeply. Ms. Deshpande asked the media, not to underestimate the potential of such movements to mobilize
support, by influencing the minds and hearts of the general public. Ms Deshpande said that unfortunately “for the media peace is no news”. The media was only interested when there was conflict, violence and
war. She was speaking to the members of the Washington media and representatives of NGOs. She was introduced by John Prabhudoss, the Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Religion and State.
In a community reception tonight hosted by the Non-Resident Indians for a Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI) Ms Deshpande said that the Peace movement in the Kashmir valley had received
significant support from all sections of the population including the young generation. On her several visits to Pakistan she had received strong expressions of support from the people of Pakistan for her efforts at
Indo-Pak amity. The slogan that had been used against the violence was “Goli nahin boli chaiye” (Not bullets but dialogue).
The reception was attended by many Indian Americans who say that the world needs to know not all Indian Americans are pro-Hindutva. The participants said that the silent majority of the Indian Americans are very troubled by the damage the Hindutva forces are causing in India and in the US to the social fabric.