Norway – Memorial Service for Victims of Twin Terror Violence

July 27, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

Norway is mourning the loss of innocent lives in the twin terror that shocked the capital Oslo and Utoya island in the city proximity on July 22, 2011.

The bomb blast in the government headquarters in Oslo followed by the shooting spree at the Labor youth camp on the island has claimed 76 lives and left many injured.

Norwegians have shown extraordinary courage and reacted to the horrific event with calm and solidarity.

The peace loving Nordic nation’s dignified response to an individual act is a fine example of demonstrating humanitarian quality that truly represents the innate human nature.

Despite the fear and tragedy in the unexpected violence caused by the single entity’s misguided belief,

The government and people decision to reject acrimony in favor of harmony is remarkable upholding democratic values and principles,

But not compromising on security and proactive measures to deter recurring incidents in the future.

Honorable Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg message promoting peace and unity alongside distinguished Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere and esteemed dignitaries of the monarchy, Crown Prince Haakon attending memorial service in the World Islamic Mission Mosque in Oslo on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 provides exemplary guidance to society in their commitment to non-violence and diversity – the essence of natural creation enriching the beauty of life.

Notions deflecting from reality often misleads human mind triggering deeply regrettable actions with irreversible outcome when it involves fatalities and painful consequences for those engaged in such crimes.

Contemporary world is confused and embroiled in detecting differences rather than recognizing commonalities and uniqueness in human race that brings forth the concept of oneness while maintaining personal attributes for greater good.

The arrest of Anders Behring Breivik for the combined assault on fellow citizens is a necessary judicial process in lawful society,

However spreading knowledge about reconciliation prospects outweighing confrontational practices would immensely help human relations evolve to benefit self and others in the increasingly violent environment.

Every step towards social progress begins with mutual understanding and regard for one another,

Notwithstanding acknowledgment of consolidated strengths – the important factor in any achievements by society.

Human accomplishments thus far is a testimony to the fact that nation thrives in staying united and not divided for polarization through ignorance serve none including the source of origin.

Collective contributions in human talent and labor enable the world productive challenging impossibility on milestones in every frontier.

Synthesizing the best features in eastern and western cultures for a new dimension in development could be promising for the equally significant civilizations in ancient and modern context.

Hence all efforts to sustain racial, religious and gender equality would be the impetus to alleviate economic disparity and prevalent political instability across the globe.

Norway citizens and political leaderships deserve praise for handling the domestic crisis with poise in addition to their consistent role in peaceful negotiations on international conflicts.

No words can offer solace to the bereaved members bearing the burden of sorrow from the senseless violence.

Nonetheless time is a great healer and trust in a better tomorrow filled with hope, love and respect for life guarantees tranquility and happiness in daily existence.

With sincere condolences to the victims’ families, thoughts and prayers conveyed for the departed souls to rest in peace and the wounded for speedy recovery.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant























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