Bhubaneswar, August 9 (LocalWire): Rapid development notwithstanding, lack of peace is the most worrying aspect of the modern world, said eminent neurologist Prof Ashok Mohapatra today while inaugurating the SOA International Model United Nations (SOAMUN) at the SOA Deemed to be University here.
Life expectancy in India, which stood at 33 years at the time of Independence, has risen to 70 years today and advancement in technology, communication and medicine has taken the country forward but failed to ensure harmony in humans, he said.
‘What we lack is harmony and peace. Though people have money, they have no peace of mind,’ Prof Mohapatra said posing the question ‘Is our progress up to our expectations?’
Depression, anxiety and health issues like hypertension and diabetes is stalking the masses today, he said.
The three-day SOAMUN is being attended by around 600 students from several states besides delegates from Indonesia and Bangladesh.
Deliberating on human aspirations, Prof Mohapatra said people are fixing their goals which were not achievable and subsequent failures plunged them into depression with young people, mostly students, even committing suicide.
‘Before thinking of peace, we must find our own peace and spread it across our family, society and the country,’ he said while urging the students to expand their horizon beyond the windows of their classrooms.
Prof. Jayadev Pati, Principal Advisor of SOAMUN and Prof. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Convenor, SOAMUN also addressed the gathering with Ms. Shree Swarupa, secretary general, SOAMUN, providing the overview. Glimpses of SOAMUN-2018 were presented through video clips.