Monday, September 1, 2008

Editorial, 'One World, One Dream', in 31 August 2008 issue of LAW

A world law fortnightly published from Hyderabad, India.
Editor: I. Mallikarjuna Sharma
ADVISORS: Dr. Lakshmi Sahgal (INA Colonel), V.R. Krishna Iyer, O. Chinnappa Reddy, B.P. Jeevan Reddy (Former Judges, SC), P.A. Choudary (Former Judge, APHC), Surendra Mohan (Ex-MP), Prof. R.V.R. Chandrasekhara Rao (Politics), Umesh Chandra (Senior Advocate, Lucknow), Ravi Kiran Jain (Senior Advocate, Allahabad), Colin Gonsalves (Senior Advocate, Delhi), K. Subba Rao (Senior Advocate, Bangalore), K.G. Kannabiran (Senior Advocate & National President, PUCL), Ms. Chandan Ramamurthi (Advocate, S.C., Delhi).
Volume 4: Part 2 31 August 2008 No. 16


The world’s gala sports feast of peace, harmony and progress came to a joyous end amidst great pomp and ceremony on 24 August 2008 with Liu Peng, President of the Chinese Olympics Committee, declaring that this 23-day sports festival conducted in the spirit of ‘One World, One Dream’ has achieved the objectives of unity, friendship and progress. Truly, China with the successful organization of this mega event has come of age as a leading power of the world, and has done entire Asia proud by topping the list of gold medals, the first since many decades for any country other than the USA. In contrast, we, the second most populous country in the world, could bag just three medals in all, and have much to learn and imbibe from our efficient neighbour in this regard. The Olympics were memorable for the spirit of friendship and amity displayed by the competing teams from >200 countries all over the world, and happily not marred by any terrorist attacks or ugly demonstrations. The IOC President Jacques Rogge congratulated China for ably conducting the Games and lauded the participants: “You have shown us the unifying power of sport. The Olympic spirit lives in the warm embrace of competitive rivals from nations in conflict. Keep that spirit alive when you return home.” That was in obvious reference to the unforgettable hugging by Natalia Paderina of Russia, the Silver medalist, of Nino Salukvadze, the Georgian bronze medalist, in 10 meter air pistol shooting, despite then raging war between Russia and Georgia, with Natalia remarking that ‘sports is not politics’ and Nino responding saying ‘politicians should straiten out the situation’. We too hope and wish this friendly spirit prevails over the undesirable enmities raging in the world today, and the belligerent powers realize the futility of, and give up, the old imperialist or aggressive policies and strive for One World of peace, unity and human welfare instead §§§