BY NVO News | November 18, 2009
New Delhi: Quami Ekta Week (National Integration Week) will be observed all over the country from tomorrow. Several programmes, with a specific theme on each of the seven days, will be held/observed during the week. Meetings, symposia, seminars, special literary functions, cultural functions and programmes to highlight themes under focus would mark the observance of Quami Ekta Week. The week would begin with National Integration Pledge. National Integration, Welfare of Minorities, Linguistic Harmony, Weaker Sections, Cultural Unity, women’s issues and Conservation are the themes for the Week. Activities related to a specific theme would be under focus on each day.
Quami Ekta Week is observed from November 19-25 every year with a view to fostering and re-inforcing the spirit of communal harmony, national integration and pride in our vibrant composite culture and nationhood. In view of recent developments in various parts of the country, there is a need to take all possible measures for dissemination and reaffirmation of these values among all sections of our people. The Minister of Home Affairs, P. Chidambaram has written to different Ministries under Government of India for organising programmes/events befitting the occasion. The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (HFCH), an autonomous organisation with Ministry of Home Affairs also organises Communal Harmony Campaign during the week.
This occasion provides us an opportunity to reaffirm our age old traditions and faith in the values of tolerance, co-existence and brotherhood in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society. The observation of the “Quami Ekta Week” will also help to highlight the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand actual, and potential threats to the eclectic and secular fabric of our country, and nurture a spirit of communal harmony in its widest sense.