Hammarskjöld commemorated in Oslo
Anisur Rahman in Oslo
UN secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld's 50th death anniversary lecture was held in Culture and Conference Centre Voksenaasen in Oslo on recently.
KG Hammar, former arch bishop of Swedish churches and professor of theology at Lund University, delivered the Dag Hammarskjöld lecture titled as 'The Spirituality of Peace', while Bangladeshi writer and Holiday journalist Anisur Rahman, living in Uppsala and guest scholar for February at the Centre for Ibsen Studies, Oslo University, was invited to comment on it.
North South Networkers, Voksenaasen and Dag Hammarskjöld Centre in Oslo organised the event as part of the celebration of Hammarskjöld's 50 years of death in plane crush in Kongo in 1961.
In his lecture KG Hammar stressed the need of solving the existing crisis in the world, particularly humanitarian and political, in different parts of the world following the ideals of Dag Hammarskjöld.
Anisur in his comment showed the spiritual connections among the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, Swedish statesman Olof Palme, assassinated in 1986, Rabindranath Tagore and Henrik Ibsen.
Among others, Dag Hammarskjold Program director and development expert John Y. Jones, Norwegian Parliament member Olemic Thommessen, Uppsala Peace Museum director Jesper also spoke on the occasion.
Rabindranath Tagore was a guest at Dag Hammarskjöld's paternal home in Uppsala in 1921. Then Hammarskjöld was a boy of 16. Hammarskjöld is the only person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously.