West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said on the occasion of Hiroshima Day, ‘We always want peace and harmony.’
‘Today is #HiroshimaDay. Let us take a minute to remember all the innocent people who died on that day. We always want peace and harmony,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
Hiroshima Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the the threat of nuclear weapons and the dangers of nuclear energy.
Hiroshima Day commemorates August 6, 1945, the day when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by another dropped on the city of Nagasaki.
The bombings effectively ended World War II by bringing about the surrender of Japan, but at a terrible price – the two cities were destroyed and casualties, mostly civilians, were estimated at around 200,000, with many more people dying later from injuries and illness.
Hiroshima Day is now a focus for anti-war and anti-nuclear discussions and demonstrations.