Chandigarh, August 12: Today, celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava & St. Stephen’s 40 Ruby Year’s a 1 INDIA-Interfaith Harmony Meet was organized by Peace Club of St. Stephen’s and Yuvsatta-NGO at the school’s main auditorium. In which Mrs. Sarabjit Kaur Dhillon, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, was the chief guest and prominent amongst those who participated includes Sant Baba Harpal Singh Ji, Head Sewadar, Gurdwara Ishar Parkash Ratwara Sahib, Shyam Bhaiya, Founder, Shree Hanumat Tirth, Panchkula. Maulana Mohd Ajmal Khan, Shahi Imam Jama Masjid, Sector 20, Maulvi Mohd Imran, Imam Jama Masjid, Manimajra, Fr. Reji Tom, Don Bosco Navjeevan Society, Mr. Baljinder Singh Bittoo, Chairman, FOSWAC-Federation of Sector Welfare Associations and Mr. Pramod Sharma, Founder, Yuvsatta-NGO.

In his welcome address Mr. Louis Lopez, the Principal of St. Stephen’s said that ‘Unity in diversity’ is one of the most powerful thoughts India has given to the world. From time immemorial, Indians have never felt the need to bring about uniformity among people. On the other hand, Indians have always displayed a unique ability to look through the diversities to explore the innate unity. And he is feeling honoured with blessed participation of such a noble gathering of spiritual souls at their school campus.

Mayor Mrs. Sarabjit Kaur Dhillon, in her inaugural address, stressed that school instructors have an important role in developing the brains of the country's young children. Throughout history, several historical figures like Rani Laxmi Bai and Lal Bahadur Shastri, as well as iconic phrases such as 'Inquilab Zindabad,' have infiltrated our collective psyche. She further added that :``I am sure taking a cue from St. Stephen’s School more such initiatives promoting national integration and unity of country will be organized by other educational institutions as well”.

On the occasion Mayor Mrs. Sarabjit Kaur also encouraged the ‘Girls Parliament’ council of St. Stephen’s School to inspire more and more girls to take a stand and claim their rightful place in homes, schools, society, nation and at world stage. She also invited the Girl Parliament members of the school for a meeting over tea at her office.