IMPHAL: The nuclear bombing of two Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki by America was an attempt to obliterate a large population of humans, said Lok Sabha MP Dr. RK Ranjan.
While speaking at an event, Remembrance of 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima Day, organized at Japan War Memorial Shrine, Maibam Lokpa Ching, Nambol, MP Dr. Ranjan said on this day in the year 1945 America dropped a nuclear bomb which contained 900 pounds of uranium in the city of Hiroshima which led to the death of 70,000 people immediately after the bombing. Again, a few days later on August 9, another nuclear bomb was dropped at Nagasakhi and a total of around two lakh and twentysix people lost their lives either due to radiation or burn, he added.
He mentioned that after the bombing of the two cities led to many protests and objections against the use of nuclear weapons. The universal movement that rose in opposition to the nuclear bombing led to a conclusion that nuclear technology should not be used as weapons but it should be used only for beneficial purposes, he said.
Stressing on the importance of observing the day, the MP said the main lesson learnt from the tragic event is to stop destruction activities aimed at fellow human beings and to promote peaceful existence everywhere. As people all over the world shared a desire to live a peaceful life, nuclear technology is now used for the benefit of the people whether it is in the field of health care or energy production, the MP stated.
Further, he made an appeal that people should never be killing one another, and if used in a sensible way the heavily destructive nuclear technology is contributing to development. Dr. Ranjan also led the participants in laying floral tributes to the victims of the nuclear bombings and planting of trees at the complex. A two minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the victims of Hiroshima nuclear bomb.
The function was organized by Manipur University Nihongo Alumni Association, Manipur.