India-Pakistan Peace Day 2005
July 23, 2005
As you know, since the middle of June, we have been working on preparing a to ease travel between India and Pakistan. With the help of Khalid Hasan, we now have finalized the petition, which incorporates most of the suggestions and comments, which many of you had sent us.
The petition is now ready for your signatures on line at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/ACHA2005/petition.html
I will appreciate any help you can provide us in publicizing the petitions among your friends and neighbors.
Also, a printable copy of the petition is available at www.indiapakistanpeace.org, the website we had set up last year exclusively to support our India-Pakistan Peace Day Campaign. You may wish to use the printed to copy to gather signatures physically at various gatherings in your town.
When done, please mail the completed copies of the petition to us at 4410 Verda Lane NE, Keizer, OR 97303, USA.
This petition is the core project for our India-Pakistan Peace Day campaign this year. We urge you to please organize India-Pakistan Peace Day 2005 celebrations in your town, any day between August 1 and October 31. The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Celebrating shared cultural heritage to promote peace between India and Pakistan.”
For your review, I am pasting below Khalid Hasan’s article about this petition in July 24 issue of Daily Times, Pakistan.
Khalid Hasan is the Washington correspondent of Pakistani newspapers Daily Times and The Friday Times. Author of over 35 books, he was born in Srinagar and.was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's press secretary at the time of the Simla Conference in 1972.
Pritam K. Rohila, Ph. D.
Asiapeace for easing travel between India and Pakistan, Daily Times, Sunday, July 24, 2005
June 5, 2005
In response to our request, some of you had offered suggestions regarding theme and core project for celebrations of India-Pakistan Peace Day 2005. Thank you.
May 5, we posted all the suggestions on
On June 3, our Board of Directors reviewed all the suggestions and your feedback. After much discussion, they chose the following theme and core project for India-Pakistan Peace Day 2005.
In keeping with the above theme, we propose collaborative (as opposed to competitive) activities such as the following be included in this year’s celebration of India-Pakistan Peace Day everywhere:
Other activities such as the following may also be considered:
We would appreciate your comments and suggestions. Also, please send us your drafts of a petition for the core Project.
Please send us announcement and reports of
similar celebrations being planned and organized in your area. We will post
We suggest that, this year also, celebrations of India-Pakistan Peace Day are held any day between August 1 and October 31, but preferably on September 21, declared by the United Nations to be “a global ceasefire day; a day of non-violence, a day of Peace” (www.peaceoneday.org).
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you for your support.
Theme & Core Project
In response to our recent request, some people on our various mailing lists have sent us the following suggestions regarding the theme and the core project for India-Pakistan Peace Day 2005. What do you think?
Please send your views to me, before May 30, at email@example.com. Your views will help our Board of Directors to make the final selection in their meeting on June 2, 2005.
As many of you would recall, this would be the second year of our campaign, requesting friends of peace to organize celebrations of India-Pakistan Peace Day 2005 everywhere, any day between August 1 and October 31.
Last year, we had focused on the Partition of 1947. Our core project was a petition to the governments of India and Pakistan to build on the Wagah border a joint memorial to the victims of the Partition-related violence, on both sides of their common border. People from more than 20 countries had signed the petition. For its delivery to the Heads of their governments, I gave the petition personally to Mr. Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress, on January 1 and 6, respectively. I had visited them at their residences as a member of the Joint to India- Pakistan Peace and Goodwill Mission consisting of Nonresident Indians and Pakistani from Canada, UK and USA.
1. Peace between peoples on cultural/linguistic and racial grounds
2. Common tradition of dance and music
3. Strengthening the ties - using cultural similarities between India and Pakistan to solidify the relationship between the two countries
4. Strength in Unity - what India and Pakistan would gain by settling differences betweenthe two countries
5. ”In Step" - India and Pakistan coming together to reach a common goal
6. "Stairway to Peace" - Together We Can Achieve Peace One Step at a Time
7. Books, education and young people all in the cause of peace
8. Celebrating our shared culture to promote peace in South Asia
1. Story writing competition on “promoting peace"
2. Ways to bring erstwhile neighbors or their progeny together. Let them stay in each other’s homes
3. Well of Memories (Yadon ka Kuna): A website for personal stories of Partition
4. Enhancing People to people contacts: Reconnecting families, Developing Linkages
5. Getting visa restrictions down to a minimum
6. On each side of the border, establishing a modest hospital, a school or a rest area along the road from Amritsar to Lahore