A genuine effort for peace amid border clash and jingoism

Monday, January 28, 2013
Influenced by the recent skirmishes along LoC of India-Pak
border, Indian sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik carved a sculpture
[PHOTO: Special Arrangements]
New Delhi: At a time when the LoC gruesome clash has spurted fresh waves of jingoism in the two uneasy neighbours, India and Pakistan, with some group adding fuel to fire and advocating a stronger or more inhuman reaction, a people’s initiative, Aaghaz-e-Dosti (beginning of friendship) on Sunday launched the “Calendar for Peace and Love” with paintings of hope collected from youths of both sides of the border.

Not an iota of truth in the rumors that India Pakistan gliding towards normalization but an initiative of Mission Bhartiyam (a non-governmental organisation) working towards peace and harmony, Aaghaz-e-Dosti can lead someone into the feelings of establishing amity and creating unwavering bonds of peace between both the nation.

Mission Bhartiyam collaborated with two Pakistan-based organisations, Center for Youth development activities (CYDA) and Imov Humans unveiled the calendar at the Gandhi Peace Foundation in New Delhi in the presence of noted Hindi poet Pankaj Singh, Sirish Aggarwal  (Founder of India Pakistan Families Solidarity Association) and veteran columnist  Pankaj Chaturvedi and some Pakistani students studying in India.

The dignitaries shared their views and emphasized on the fact that war can never be a solution for this longstanding bloodshed and exchange of talks and culture are only weapons that can pave way for the peace and goodwill between the two nations.

Speakers at the event unveil the calender for peace and love
[PHOTO © news.BDTV.in]
Making his impassioned plea to the people attending the event, Pankaj Singh said, warmongers on both sides would love to see an end to border dispute and initiative like relaxing visa agreement and composite dialogues can bring about peace and tranquility in both the nation. Other silver tongued orators stress to continue the effort to bring peace through all the possible means whether it is sport, music or cultural exchange.

The launched calendar has six paintings, chosen from a completion organised in collaboration with two Pakistan based organisations for ‘innocent minds’ of children that narrate the restriction of ‘freedom’, the ‘desire’ with the birds flying across borders and peace and friendship for a better future.

“The launched calendar is a collection of these shared dreams of peace and friendship. It serves as a hope shared by people who are just like us, in habit and struggle,” said Ravi Nitesh of Mission Bhartiyam.

Together with the beautiful dreams of the young and innocent, the Calendar also has messages from people who have been actively working to nurture these dreams.
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