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Historic Sahara Balkan Peace Festival organized by Sahara India and Government of Macedonia brought World Leaders come together for Peace

His Excellency Mr. Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of Republic of Macedonia (extreme right), His Excellency Mr. Zoran Stavreski, MA, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Republic of Macedonia (extreme left), Mr. Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of U.K. (second from left), alongwith ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar, and Mr. Sushanto Roy, Executive Director, Sahara India Pariwar (partially visible from right), during the first ‘Sahara Balkan Peace Festival’, held in Skopje, Macedonia, which was aimed at bringing Balkan countries on oneplatform to pledge for World Peace.
His Excellency Mr. Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of Republic of Macedonia (extreme right) and His Excellency Mr. Zoran Stavreski, MA, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Republic of Macedonia (extreme left), alongwith ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara,Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar and Mrs. Swapna Roy, Vice Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar, and Lord Patel (second from right), during the first ‘Sahara Balkan Peace Festival’, held in Skopje, Macedonia, which was aimed at bringing Balkan countries onone platform to pledge for World Peace.Also seen in the picture is Lord Patel (second from right).

Skopje, October 7, 2013: The Government of the Republic of Macedonia and Sahara India Pariwar, had organised the first ever ‘Sahara Balkan Peace Festival’ in Skopje, Macedonia, the land of Mother Teresa. The two day festival was organised on 2nd October the International Day of Non Violence celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The event aimed at bringing Balkan countries on one platform to pledge for World peace and will be organized every year in one of the Balkan countries on rotation basis.
The first ‘Sahara Balkan Peace Festival’ witnessed the gracious presence of Former Prime Minister of the U.K., Mr. Tony Blair along with His Excellency the President, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, President of Assembly and the entire cabinet of Republic of Macedonia, Lords and Baroness of England, along with diplomatic representation of World Bank, IFC as well as 8 countries including USA, UK, European Union, France, Qatar and Balkan countries like Croatia, Turkey Serbia.
The first ‘Sahara Balkan Peace Festival’ began on 1st October, 2013 with a celebration at the Main City Square of Skopje, the scenic capital of the Republic of Macedonia, Europe. The event graced by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and the members of the Cabinet of Macedonia had glittering display of children’s performance by government promoted SOS orphan village, and India’s leading Shaimak Dawar and his Dance Company and fireworks which special performances designed for the event and was marked by lighting all the building of the square in blue, the color of Peace.
On 2nd October the festival proceeded with the Peace Conclave organized to initiate a dialogue for global peace. The conclave is attended by Mrs. Chandni Roy of Sahara India Pariwar, Mohini Lady Noon, Chairperson of LILY Foundation; Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Osmo Vatres, President of the Balkan Club of Peace, Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC PC, Former attorney general of the United Kingdom and a highly respectable Politician of the Labour Party in United Kingdom, Lord Noon of St. Johns wood MBE, Mr. Patrick McGhee and Mr. Arun Harnal with hundreds of delegates.
The festival was concluded with a summit at the newly build National Opera House of Macedonia. The event was marked by the lectures of Mr. Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Mr. Nikola Gruevski Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Subrata Roy Sahara and EDV & Peace - Baroness Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC on the topic of World Peace. The august summit was attended by eminent dignitaries from across the world.
Former British Premier and Chief Guest of the Peace Summit Mr. Tony Blair, in his address said, “The true difference today is between the open minded ones and the closed mind ones, between those who see the world led by the opportunities for connecting and globalization and those who want to close themselves and isolate from such globalization and see the things that connect us as a threat. I am not a pessimist for the world that we live in. I am always an optimist and I believe that we can always find the strength in ourselves and overcome the challenges”.
In the summit His Excellency Mr. Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of Republic of Macedonia, said, “We live in times when peace is interrupted in many parts of the world. Even today many societies are facing times of crises, crises of ethics, cultural descents and contorted values that produce violence that every normal person is horrified. But, that shouldn’t hesitate us. That doesn’t mean that we should give up or hold up. The people that are in the middle of these conflicts need help. Where weapons rule, reasons can’t reach. Let us recall the words of our greatest humanitarian Mother Teresa, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls”.
While speaking in Summit ‘Saharasri’, Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar, said, For our external personality, that is, our body, food and water keeps it energetic, active and healthy, but for our internal personality that is the spiritual personality, that is for our mental body, the food is peace and happiness for giving us best quality mental health with lots of strong will power and positive energy always seen as active optimism.
Every human wants always to have a happy and satisfied life.
But no life can be happy and satisfied without a peaceful state of mind.  Happiness chases peace, but peace does not chase happiness.  Peace has to be in a person’s life and all around him.  Peace in his immediate family, peace in his neighbourhood, peace in his work place, peace in his city, peace in his country…. and so on.
Here in this peace festival if we only talk about peace between two countries, that is if we talk and discuss about war between the countries, I fear we shall reach nowhere, we won’t be able to achieve peace in the life of individual human beings for a long term or most desirably life long.  This is not about only stopping war, its about choosing PEACE. WE CHOSE PEACE OVER WAR.
Any country is not a human being in itself.  Country’s body and face is the combined and collective faces of people of the country, however, few human beings sit at the helm of affairs and take all decisions for the country.
It is human beings everywhere who are instrumental in bringing about peace or violence.  In any country is Government or Government machinery, religious groups, sects or different kind of organisations, the human beings who are given leadership at various levels are responsible for Peace or Violence.  All such people out of ignorance about fundamentals of life, indulge, initiate or become instrumental foolishly in violence and in turn invite irritation, tensions, dejections, disappointments, dissatisfactions etc. in future in their own lives, too.  May be at any moment of time some individual in a leadership position plans, thinks and initiates within a narrow limited vision; may be he does it out of greed, but he cannot visualise or does not have clarity about knowledge of life or about the future when he shall have to reap poison for his today’s wrong action or reaction seeds which he has sown. Poison of future is not only for him but for the people of the country.
Well, at the end, I shall tell few things that God has given us, Brain, Mind, Heart & Soul with a very strong thinking power. We can achieve anything and everything with the aid of these faculties.
Balkan region countries can become front runners for world peace. It will be greatest contribution to the world.

Under the auspices of the Festival, the Champions of Peace Award has also been conferred to Mr. Jeremy Gilley Hollywood actor and founder of Peace One Day Foundation for his efforts for Global Peace, especially his initiatives through Foundation and his astounding awareness campaign held in Hague on the 21st of September, 2013. The award was given by ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara to Mr. Jeremy Gilley.