In his keynote address Prof S.K. Barik, who was also the Chief Guest for the occasion, said, “Poverty is that crucial factor that blocks the spread of peace and social justice. Poverty alleviation is therefore the most important responsibility before us. Each of us should confront this misery head on in order to establish an interconnectedness with all life. This way we will ensure sustainable development and peaceful environment management. I see the Seeds of Hope Exhibition as very pertinent in the current context”. Prof Barik also mentioned that he was deeply moved to see the smiling faces of the of BSG members and praised the members for their efforts.
Prof Sushil Kumar, the Guest of Honour said, “I sincerely appreciate the effort Bharat Soka Gakkai has made in organising this exhibition which showcases individuals from around the world who have taken up the challenge to bring about change. The exhibition rightly emphasises that sustainability is not only about protecting the environment — it’s also about ensuring social justice and peace.
BSG Chairperson Mr. Vishesh Gupta gave the welcome address and presented the guests with mementos. In his address, he said, “The exhibition leaves a very powerful message to plant the seeds of hope in the hearts of all who view it, to recognise the potential each of us possess to take concrete action in our communities.”
The inaugural was attended by a total of 560 prominent people including members from Kanpur, Rae Baraeli and Agra. Mrs. Jyoti Lal, Dy. All India WD Chief, gave the vote of thanks.
The inauguration was covered extensively by the national and local media. Media Coverage – Lucknow
The painstaking and detailed preparation done by all the volunteers and leaders in Lucknow ensured that the inaugural function was a great success and they determined to spread the message of peace and hope in their respective communities.
The exhibition was on display at 7 other venues including the Regional Science Centre, City Montessori School, Mount Carmel College, G.D.Goenka School, Lucknow Public School and Sardar Patel Institute of Dental & Medical Sciences. The exhibition culminated at Ambedkar University on 1st May 2017.
The panels received a tremendous response from the people of Lucknow . Over 20,000 students and people from more than 75 institutions visited the different venues.