Though this article is old, it will always remain fresh in understanding India Pakistan relationships. The right wing Indian and Pakistani politicians (defined as those who believe "others don't have a right to exist" and will do anything to annihilate the other in their own filthy imaginations) have deliberately done a lot of damage between the two people to lie and promote hatred and causing wars, destruction and a lot of discomfort. A few Indians and a few Pakistanis are soaked in hate and loaded with poison, I feel sorry for them. The following article captures that essence and it is so true.
am blessed to be barrierless, I truly believe in the Hindu concept of
Vasudhaiva Kutumbukum - i.e., the whole world is one family and we must
treat each other as such, and the Islamic concept that all of us are
created from the same couple and are created into many nations and
tribes and the best ones among us are those who make the effort to
understand each other and live in harmony. That is all God wants.
a decade ago, Dr. Akbar Ahmed showed his film on Jinnah at the UTD
campus, there were about four Indians including me, who protested the
"wrong" portrayal of Nehru and Gandhi in that film and willing to speak
out "our" version. The Pakistani Consulate General wanted to cut us out
of the discussion, not me, thank God, Dr. Akbar Ahmed asked the consular
to let me speak, he is an intellectual and a scholar and as such he
welcomes diversity in speech. Since then, we have become friends and both of us are equally committed to prosperity of both the nations without prejudice.
my son was in High School, he was called names by a Pakistani Kid in
Richardson Mall, because he is an Indian, but I taught him not to be a
revenge seeker and thank God he laughed it off at that son of a bigot,
of course same % of Indians parents are equally bigoted. These stupid
parents inject so much poison in the hearts of their kids, making their
lives miserable when they grow up with hatred for the other. Don't you
want to slap them for messing up their kid's lives? It should be
counted as child-abuse.
SADEW, a South Asian Democracy Watch Organization in Dallas is planning
on holding the event "Aman Ki Asha" in Dallas, Texas. It is a
continuation of the project."
Aman ki Asha (Hindi: अमन की आशा, Urdu:
امن کی آشا, translation:
"Hope for Peace") is a campaign jointly started by the two leading
media houses The Jang Group in Pakistan and The Times of India in India. The campaign
aims for mutual peace and development of the diplomatic and cultural relations
between the two nations in South Asia. It
started on 1 January 2010. The campaign never received warm response
from India and Pakistan. Despite this, Bennett & Coleman, the
holding company of Times Group has been trying valiantly to keep the
campaign afloat through a high decibel media campaign. - Wikipedia."
is an inspiring article, and I hope the Sadew people make an effort to
bring Pakistani and Indian kids, teenagers and adults to have an
unprepared, unrehearsed conversation about issues, as to how they see
the issues. It will be an eye opener for the audience, and material for
the research to find ways to mitigate the conflict between the two
people. Hell, it looks like those "few" Indians and Pakistanis living in
the US are more hateful than the people actually living in India and
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by Tanvi Misra August 17, 2014 1:59 PM ET