The ‘Walk of Hope’ led by internationally acclaimed apostle of peace, social reformer and educationist Mumtaz Ali received a warm accord on entering J&K at Lakhanpur in the wee hours today.
Mumtaz Ali, popularly known as Sri M was received at Lakhanpur by Dr. Bharat Bhushan Chief Executive Officer, Lakhanpur Sarthal Development Authority, and Sat Paul Mansotra Distt Coordinator of ‘Padhyatra’ by presenting flower bouquets and garlanding him and his prominent walkers on the occasion. Mumtaz Ali accompanied by about 80 walkers comprising of several serving and retired bureaucrats and foreign nationals and other prominent personalities arrived at Lakhanpur in the morning.
Mumtaz Ali while speaking on the occasion apprised that he embarked upon Padhyatra-Walk of Hope on January 12, 2015 from Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari on the Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. He added that walk would culminate April 30, 2016 at Srinagar, Kashmir after passing through 11 States over a period of 15-18 months bringing together citizens from all lifestyles for peace, harmony and mutual understanding. He added that his mission is non-political aimed at promotion of amity.
While welcoming Sri M. and other participants at Lakhanpur, Dr Bharat Bhushan, Chief Executive Officer, Lakhanpur Sarthal Development Authority appreciated the initiative of Sri M and his team for the noble cause. “President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Parliamentarian Dr Karan Singh had already commended the role of Sri M in promotion of peace and communal harmony, and recently on February 19, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India held a reception for Shri Mumtaz Ali (Sri M) and Walk of Hope participants and honored them personally”, he added.
Later on arrival at Kathua, the Walk of Hope participants accorded a civic reception at Kathua Heritage-The Way Side Amenity of LSDA. Here a number of prominent citizens were present. The Distt Coordinator Shri Sat Paul Mansotra welcomed all the participants of Walk of Hope led by Sri M.
Sri M in his address thanked the citizens and the media fraternity and hoped that his mission will achieve its objectives. Sri M. then honored Dr Bharat Bhushan S P Mansotra by presenting them his autographed Book. Er. Naresh, the Director of Learning Temple English Medium School Kathua conducted the proceedings.