Zayed Khan, Poonam Dhillon, Karan Singh Grover, Gaurav Chopra, Bharti Singh at the Global Peace Initiative, 2014

Zayed Khan, Poonam Dhillon, Karan Singh Grover, Gaurav Chopra, Bharti Singh at the
Global Peace Initiative, 2014

26th November, 2014

It happened on 26th November 2014, at the Welingkar Institute of Management D
evelopment & Research. The Global Peace Initiative, 2014 was a sombre occasion, saluting the resilient spirit of Mumbai and spirit of Ms. Kia Scherr, who continues to stay in the same hotel and the same city where she lost her family during the terrorist attacks and wants to spread the message of love, peace and warmth to the same city that took away so much from her. Mumbai has lost many lives but has always bounced back with much positivity. The initiative saluted this very valiant essence of the city.

From the past 2 years in the remembrance of the lives lost in the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research hosts The Global Peace Initiative in collaboration with One Life Alliance. In these 2 years the event has witnessed people like Sania Mirza, Sunil Gavaskar, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, Mohit Chauhan, RJ Mallishka and many more.

The event this year was graced by well-known faces from the Television and Film Fraternity like Zayed Khan, Lisa Ray, Poonam Dhillon, Hazel Keech, Gracy Singh, Karan Singh Grover, Mantra, Soumya Tandon, Arya Babbar, Zoya Afroz, Rajshri Thakur, Gaurav Chopra, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Ragini, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Sunil Grover, Kushal Tandon classic comedian Bharti Singh and many more. 

The stellar evening witnessed a number of dance and music performances by famous artists like Kavita Seth followed by a "Walk for Peace” wherein the celebrities walked the ramp with the children of Gosavi Bahuuddeshiya Sanstha, an NGO.The costumes that adorned the celebrities were designed by ace designer Achana Kochhar. The costumes were specially designed for the event keeping the occasion in mind.

Quote from Kia Scherr (Co-founder of One Life), “I choose to Pledge for peace, and to live in peace and to inspire as many people as possible to make the same choice for
themselves every day. The vision of One Life alliance is to engage in this conversation on
peace on a daily basis in everything that we do. Our mission is to join hands with education, business and government and all the people who are working out there for peace and together we can make a difference and make it happen, make it practical, we now know that the peace can be measured and that it is possible."

Quote from Dr. Uday Salunkhe, (Director, Print. L. N. Welingkar institute of
Management Development & Research), “26/11/2008 saw a catastrophe in Mumbai, 26/11/2014 saw a small effort from our end to spread mirth around us. We do this in our own unique way by celebrating Peace, because we want this day to be remembered with pleasant memories of humanity and not with memoirs of insanity. Global Peace Initiative began as an ideation, but we never knew that its execution would become the Heart of this Institute. In a span of 3 years from just being a thought to being our soul, this transition has been inexplicably heart-warming.”

About WeSchool:
Established in 1977, Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development &
Research (WeSchool) features among the premier Business Schools in India. Run by
charitable Trust S.P. Mandali, Pune, all across the state of Maharashtra, WeSchool is ranked 15th out of 150 institutes in India as per the Annual Times B-School 2014 survey. The same survey has also ranked WeSchool as 7th best institute in the West zone and among the top 10 institutes recognized for providing exposure to latest developments in the corporate sector & management practices, quality of internships and emphasis laid on personality development. WeSchool’s goal is to use the power of the amalgamation of design and management thinking and truly redesign the way education can make a meaningful difference to students, and society that is visible through actions and outcome.

About One Life Alliance:
One Life Alliance is a non-profit organization based in the U.S. with a sister organization in Mumbai, India. It is dedicated to raising the world’s peace index through collaborations with businesses, governments and bodies of education.
It was founded in response to the Mumbai terrorist attacks of 2008 that took the lives of cofounder Kia Scherr’s husband and 13 year old daughter.


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