Japan, on Thursday marked 75 years of the deadly nuclear attack on Hiroshima.
August 6, 1945. It was a normal working day for the inhabitants of Hiroshima when around 8:16 a.m. the first nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.That first atomic bomb, code-named Little Boy and another, code-named Fat Man, dropped three days later in Nagasaki led to Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, and the end of World War II. The attacks claimed as many as 2,40,0000 lives with some dying instantly and others perishing in the months that followed due to radiations, burns and other injuries. The bomb ‘Little Boy’ is said to have had 20,000 tonnes of TNT.
This year the ceremonies to remember the victims were kept low-profile due to the ongoing pandemic. High dignitaries, survivors, and relatives of the deceased attended the main event in Hiroshima whereas the general public was allowed to be a part of it virtually. The ceremony concluded with a call for world peace and unity.
“We must never allow this painful past to repeat itself. Civil society must reject self-centred nationalism and unite against all threats,” said the Mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui. Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on the other hand, pledged to do his best for the realisation of a world without nuclear weapons and peace for all time.
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres who couldn’t be physically present at the event, addressed the gathering via video call. “The only way to totally eliminate nuclear risk is to totally eliminate nuclear weapons”, he suggested.
The bombing both on Hiroshima and Nagasaki still continues to be the top two in the list of the biggest explosions ever. The latest Ammonium Nitrate explosion at Lebanon’s capital Beirut being the third one.
Historians often claim that the bombings claimed lesser lives owing to Japan’s decision to surrender in the following days. Otherwise, Japanese land would have faced American invasion which would have certainly been more deadly.
Though the bombings are a clear example of warcrime as it targeted the civilians indiscriminately and caused massive destruction. It is quite heartwrenching that inspite of having such grievous examples, when humanity and world peace were put at stake, we, humans haven’t learnt a lesson and still continue to exploit , oppress and outrage the modesty of fellow humans.