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India-Pakistan Peace Day 2007

Apology Petition

 

Signatures & Comments

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Jul 15, 2007 at 02:36:24 Ingrid Shafer (ihs@ionet.net) http://ecumene.org
USA
We have the power to create a peaceful world if only we decide never to seek revenge for whatever others have inflicted upon us.

Jul 15, 2007 at 15:13:01 Pritam Rohila (asiapeace@comcast.net)
USA
Let us all work together on eradicating communalism and communal violence from South Asia.

Jul 16, 2007 at 08:11:30 Hamid Shahul
A wound created by the partition of our great country with rich heritage should not be allowed to bleed for ever. We need to heal this wound. People of both the countries have suffered long enough. Let us build an edifice of love and brotherhood. ::::Hamid Shahul.

Jul 20, 2007 at 23:12:34 Stephen Gill
Canada
We are sorry for the tragedy

Jul 21, 2007 at 01:02:47 syed akif
pakistan
This is a wonderful effort. It would have been better if it could have been possible for the governments of the region or the SAARC to get involved, but at least it is a beginning in the right direction.

Jul 21, 2007 at 03:33:42 Haroon Habib
Bangladesh
Let us turn all our grief and grievenges into a strength to build a new South Asia - peaceful, prosperous and humane.

Jul 21, 2007 at 04:04:29 Ashfaq Fateh
I support the idea of this campaign to build peace and harmony for reconciliation. I would share with youth and others to participate to spread this among people of India and Pakistan

Jul 21, 2007 at 07:51:06 Laxmikant Tulankar
India
W e must respect the dignity of human being

Jul 21, 2007 at 09:39:44 Tauseef R Butt
USA
Both my fathers and mothers families migrated from Amritsar, India to Lahore Pakistan in 1947.Many members of my family benefitted a great deal from education and new business opportunities, including former prime minister Nawaz Sherief. We also know that many hindu families suffered a great deal when they had to migrate from one place to what is now India. I appreciate this petetion and applaud the efforts of ACHA.::::Tauseef R Butt

Jul 22, 2007 at 16:29:38 Ankur Dutta
India
We are sorry.

Jul 25, 2007 at 21:40:31 Kundan Rohila
USA
I am sorry!

Jul 26, 2007 at 02:40:52 Brig Rao Abid Hamid, retd
Pakistan

The process of apology is fine. However, we need to go beyond apology state. We need to truly energise the peace process between India-Pakistan. There has been much too much loud talk of peace. But very few results. Besides other measures, people of both countries must be facilitated in unrestricted travel. Restrictions on information sharing and flow of trade should be removed. Once the people can meet at will they'll understand each other better and realise the commonality in problems and other features in the two countries. Pressure should be exerted on both governments. 60 years is a very long period to nurture hate, intolerance and misunderstanding between the two people. Now please move towards genuine and sustainable peace.

Jul 27, 2007 at 00:36:16 Tapan Mahapatra, Secretary, childright
India
I heartly await the day when SrimaAuroindo's United India to florish

Jul 27, 2007 at 05:40:37 Mohammed Turab
India
The partition had been very unfortunate event in the history for people of both the countries. Had there been no vested interests of the power hungry elements and had there been referendum on the issue there could have been peaceful seperation. The vested interests exploited the mindset of fanatics and now the general public is not saved of the after effect.

Jul 28, 2007 at 04:24:53 Dr.Ashiq Zaffar Bhatti
Pakistan
We support this Petition and we want that APACHA work in the south Punjab.

Jul 28, 2007 at 20:02:31 Dr. Norman Sundeberg USA

Aug 2, 2007 at 19:31:48 Dr. and Mrs. S.M. Ghazanfar
USA
Let's remember: We are first human-beings, then anything else....::I am one of the partition-survivors, saw the worst kind of atrocities as we migrated when I was a youngster....

Aug 2, 2007 at 23:57:16 Jigyasa Jyotika
in this context,amartya sen has said that we just remember that our "identities" are inherently multiple.::::a human being is hardly defined just by religion/any other sole affiliation, be it of any kind.::::we are gardeners,mothers,siblings,mathematicians,historians,painters.....all rolled into one.::::also, identity changes not with nationality - it is more of a continuous and gradual change.::::culture does not change suddenly with the drawing of a border. in fact, one of the reasons why borders were drawn historically was just to make ruling and jurisdiction easier. their role is absolutely minimal at one level.

Aug 3, 2007 at 09:47:19 Mohammad Imran
USA
We Indians should apologize to each other for killing, murdering, raping other Indians. We should also apologize to each other for destroying trust we had built among ourselves over the last onethousand years when we developed a culture which was totally Indian and syncretic based on amalgam of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Muslim heritage. We should also apologize to each other for becoming a tool of British who managed to fool us and divide us in their one hundred years of colonisation.

Aug 3, 2007 at 11:34:34 Cecil Chaudhry
Pakistan
I was 6 years old and witness that "madness" in our village in Pakistan. One day they ate together and the next day the Hindu and Shikh families were being slautered and their homes set on fire. My heart aches for those kids I used to play with. God bless their souls.

Aug 3, 2007 at 12:35:58 Muralidhar Kamath
USA
Thanks for the Initiative. Apology is due. We collectively have the power to create a better & peaceful world for all of us.

Aug 4, 2007 at 04:47:46 Cyma
pakistan
there are some wounds that may never heal... I m sorry too

Aug 5, 2007 at 02:33:00 Ashima Kaul
India
I am sorry for all my negative thoughts

Aug 5, 2007 at 09:22:32 beena sarwar
Pakistan
I agree with Brig Rao Abid Hamid that the process of apology is fine but we need to go beyond this to to truly energise the peace process and facilitate unrestricted travel, information sharing and flow of trade. We need to exert pressure on both governments to move towards genuine and sustainable peace.

Aug 5, 2007 at 09:22:39 beena sarwar
Pakistan
I agree with Brig Rao Abid Hamid that the process of apology is fine but we need to go beyond this to to truly energise the peace process and facilitate unrestricted travel, information sharing and flow of trade. We need to exert pressure on both governments to move towards genuine and sustainable peace.

Aug 5, 2007 at 20:17:49 Nishrin Hussain
India
I hope it does not take 60 year from now for the Gujarat Government to apologizes to the victims of Gujarat.

Aug 6, 2007 at 11:20:25 amit wanchoo
India
good and bad people are in every community and region. Let us create a platform where in good people come to one platform and are able to implement the creative and progressive ideas. No more politics on region or religion. Mother earth is one and humanity is the highest form of any religion.

Aug 7, 2007 at 12:22:56 Arun Gandhi
United States
This is a laudable first step to bring peace in that region of the world.

Aug 7, 2007 at 21:16:35 Zafar Iqbal, PhD
USA
Great are those who recognize and accept mistakes. A forein force forced us to divide and in the process our short-sighted leaders agreed for partition and in the process hundreds of thousands innocent people were slaughtered.

Aug 8, 2007 at 00:10:59 Muhammad Hasnain
Pakistan Admin. J&K (Baltistan)
Partition of India is greatest disaster affecting all in South Asia. Sixty years passed and we are still struggling to provide for basic amenities to the masses. We should all apologise to those who lost their lives, loved ones and financial stability due to partition. We should condemn all those politicians who used religion and ethnicity to disturb peace in the region and led to division of the country.

Aug 8, 2007 at 08:53:21 Mirza A. Beg
U S A
Rectification of a wrong done to people who are dead is impossible, but to make sure that such horrible events are not repeated, we need to go beyond being sorry. We need to repent and make sure that we will not participate in any activity and oppose all activities that lead to discrimination and sectarianism. We hope, this will bring about a change in hearts, and contribute to giving the same respect to others that we want for ourselves.

Aug 8, 2007 at 16:48:15 Rafat Husain
USA
An excellen idea of presenting an aplogy to the victims of partitions. I wholeheartedly support it.

Aug 10, 2007 at 01:22:52 Krithika
India
Let us all work together on eradicating communalism and communal violence from South Asia

Aug 10, 2007 at 01:53:46 kubendar
india
hello ::this is the fist ever appolpgy i was not even born but still i think my elders have made a mistak and will appoliges for my grand parents and for my country, if pakistan-india- both kashmir-bangladesh is again reunited due to which we can make lot of diffrance in the world and it will be good for all this three countrys - i wanna see this happen before i die pls do some thing

Aug 10, 2007 at 02:26:59 shridhar vade
Indian Canadian
We have to learn from re-united German. European Union. NAFTA agreement in North America. world is enjoying strength and happyness of unity. But we keep on fighting with each other. we are really sorry for the past and must unite now to grow as super-super power.

Aug 10, 2007 at 02:49:27 K.Pawan Kumar
INDIA
Hi All,::This is truly a worthwhile effort taken up by few dedicated people...I appreciate the effort and promise that i'll not do anything detrimental to the noble cause...i also urge every one else the same..may we soon live in a happy world

Aug 10, 2007 at 02:55:50 Reji Mammen
India
Though Iam born in Independent India I also join others in apologising for what happend during the partition.

Aug 10, 2007 at 03:20:08 Sandeep Bakshi
France
We could also ask people of the UK to sign the petition

Aug 10, 2007 at 03:37:37 Saurabh Ghelani
Netherlands
I have heard and read about what happened during the partition in 1947. Just by reading gives me goose bumps...I just hope that history does not repeat itself in this case...All the countries in the Indian sub-continent have to learn to co-exist in harmony and respect each others sovereignty...Let peace behold!!!

Aug 10, 2007 at 03:42:24 abhishek sharma
india
i really feel india would have been a stronger nation if we were part of pakistan and vice versa .. i still feel people from both nations want to be together and live in peace .

Aug 10, 2007 at 03:43:11 badri
India
it i shrad to understand the feeling and the atrocities happend at that time, but i know one thing God caught me to forgive others and to ask sorry because he has forgiven me!!!!

Aug 10, 2007 at 03:45:50 raghu thakur
India
Humanity is the relegion we beleive in and we know thats the same in the whole world. I am sorry for whatever happend during the period to man-kind across the border.

Aug 10, 2007 at 04:25:27 Sudeep garg
India

Aug 10, 2007 at 04:34:06 Dhirendra Kumar Nath
Indian Sub-continent
A person born in East Pakistan now known as Bangladesh & all along being an Indian - what can he feel but e-sorry - EXTREMELY SORRY for the sordid (mis)happenings!

Aug 10, 2007 at 04:41:13 subi
India
Neither me or nor any of my family members we affected by the partition, yet I feel the pain for people of both sides and dream of the day when both countries be reunited and we shall live as one big happy family.

Aug 10, 2007 at 04:43:38 pawan
India
we apologize for the heinous crime commited by our nation

Aug 10, 2007 at 05:00:18 Annie Charles
India
What we can do know, we must be ready to do with our fullest heart!!! Helping our brothers and sisters reform their life.

Aug 10, 2007 at 05:14:56 Kuldeep Dogra
India
Peace be with everyone and everywhere .

Aug 10, 2007 at 05:30:09 Neil Malik
Switzerland
It is high time that we let go of the grudges held against each other and work towards a terror-free world. ::Great initiative by ACHA!

Aug 10, 2007 at 05:30:21 Devika Nair
India
I am sorry that thousands lost their homes and families , were killed/raped/ , had to resort to self-immolation .. all in the name of Religion which I believe has nothing remotely to do with God or spiritualism

Aug 10, 2007 at 05:55:12 Reteesh PC
India
Sorry

Aug 10, 2007 at 06:05:23 Simon Kuttner
Australia
My grandfather served in the Army during partition and saw some horrible things.

Aug 10, 2007 at 06:17:05 arun
india
My forefathers had shifted from Rawalpindi, now in Pak during partition.So,we have passed through agony and pain.We do'nt want our future generations to suffer inthe same way.

Aug 10, 2007 at 06:20:22 Pawan K Sood
India
'Are we really such a violent community?' I think whenever I go thru the chapters of partition. Today we are left with no option but to apologies for whatever our people did during the ugly period of partition.

Aug 10, 2007 at 06:23:35 harry
thailand
we are sorry

Aug 10, 2007 at 06:31:00 Ravindra Mathur
India
Nobody can or even should forget what happened. But all of us can forgive and resolve that we shall not be a party to any such unacceptable actions ever in the future.

Aug 10, 2007 at 06:32:29 Arvind
india
we r sorry...

Aug 10, 2007 at 06:40:55 Nasrin Frauqi-das
Pakistan
Altough, I wasn´t at the partion event, but i feel the pain for the innncent people who suffered at its cost. Sending my sympathy and apology through this site. My love to all in India and Pakistan

Aug 10, 2007 at 06:44:10 Munna
UK
We hope that coming generations will learn from this man-made calamity, and turn away from divisions based on religion, ethnicity, language, national origin, caste, or creed.

Aug 10, 2007 at 06:46:08 R. Sukhram
The Netherlands
It was just one of those unfortunate happenings.

Aug 10, 2007 at 07:11:16 Mohsin Singapore
USA
We are sorry for the tragedy::

Aug 10, 2007 at 07:23:19 hasanali munshi
india
We are Sorry

Aug 10, 2007 at 07:58:23 Shaukat Ali
Pakistan
Better late than never. Lets also push govts into this. Editor Reporting, The Post, Lahore

Aug 10, 2007 at 08:13:29 Niranjan
Canada
I think the British should be held accountable for years of dividing the nation

Aug 10, 2007 at 08:13:52 Abdul rauf
Pakistan
Why cant we live like canada and USA, Like Malysia and Indonesia or like Euorpean counteries.............

Aug 10, 2007 at 08:17:04 Rahul Khare
India
Long live unity !!

Aug 10, 2007 at 08:40:49 Abhinit Kohar
India
It's high time that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh should unit together and be in peace forever. This is not the time to fight with each other but to show the world that past is a history.

Aug 10, 2007 at 09:06:07 ashish Gupta
USA
We are very sorry. May god be with all of us.

Aug 10, 2007 at 09:07:12 Pervaiz Vandal
Pakistan
Although I was not a witness to any atrocity but I know and feel very strongly about the thousands of misdeeds and cruelties that took place. As member of the generation who should have worked for peace I most humbly apologise to the and their survivor today. It was a happening of which we feel ashamed. Where did humanity vanish? That is a question which haunts.

Aug 10, 2007 at 09:07:57 Baljeet Sandhu
India, Australia, US
I am heartened by this incredibly sensible gesture in a world of increasing intolerance.

Aug 10, 2007 at 09:45:23 anil anand
india
we owe it to the future generations to clean the slate at this juncture and erase scars of the partition. No more ruinations

Aug 10, 2007 at 10:15:55 Srihari Vedartham
India
While this effort is truly remarkable, a realization among the masses not to play into the hands of power mongers is more important. One way to this could be realization of full economic potential of this region through cooperation and healthy competition.

Aug 10, 2007 at 16:06:03 baldev sood
canada
This era was similar to jewish holocast.::It is unforgettable time of torture donr by some vested interests in the name of religion.

Aug 10, 2007 at 18:22:56 sudha mahajan
USA
I feel deeply about this partition. I wish it had not happened

Aug 10, 2007 at 22:01:27 Sukhjeet Singh Sandhu
Australia
Lets get united and move forward for a better future.

Aug 10, 2007 at 22:14:19 Bhupinder Singh
USA
Both my parents were born in Lahore, Pakistan. My dad expired in 1996 without his wish to visit Pakistan being fulfilled. My mother, who is alive, believes it would have been much better had the partition not taken place. Several relatives from both my mother's and father's sides got killed during partition.

Aug 11, 2007 at 00:03:20 Rajeev K Tyagi
India
A Deep Heated consolation for the victims, May their soul rest in peace.

Aug 11, 2007 at 00:14:22 Saheb Rishabh
INDIA
i m xtremely sorry 4 wat my ancestors might have done 2 all my muslim brothers who decided 2 leave INDIA n settle in PAKISTAN. but now its time 2 4get all this n live as one nation n show dis world hat we r n we will b no.1

Aug 11, 2007 at 00:34:48 saurabh
india
i think it was the history of india.the most beautiful place of the world was torn apart for selfish reasons

Aug 11, 2007 at 00:37:49 Charanjit Singh
India
Raavi chha chale aan, Jhanah chhad chale aan. Wattan di mithi mithi chhan chhad chale aan.An unforgetable event of our life, my parents remembered till death and cursed gore.

Aug 11, 2007 at 01:39:23 Ashish Masson
India
This is a very good initiative and I will like to congratulate ACHA on this ocassion of 60th Independence Day of India and Pakistan.::It is high time that we all, citizens of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh realize that partition in 1947 was one of the biggest blunders. Though we cannot reverse the process, we can arrive at a mutual agreement of no-hatred and love-each-other policy. This is because we need to realize that no countries in the world are as similar as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. We just cannot close our eyes on the fact that we have all branched out of a single nation, pre-partition India. Also, let us celebrate the glory of fight for independence, which was very-very united for maximum duration of Independence movement.::

Aug 11, 2007 at 03:59:25 Harish Nagpal
India
I was 9 years old when the unfortunate and painful partition took place.Alas!This had not taken place and we still live together peacefully as we lived for centuries.

Aug 11, 2007 at 04:32:35 SA Khan
India
We regret the partition and sebsequent bloodshed and wish that such a thing should have never happened anywhere in the world.

Aug 11, 2007 at 05:00:47 DEEP VAIDYA
INDIA
I WAS BORN IN PUNJAB ..WHEN I HEARD STORY AB PARTITION FROM MY SIKH UNCLE,..HOW PEEPS WERE BUCHTERD WITH SWORDS, HOUSES WERE BURNT ,.GIRLS RAPED..::IN DELHI WHERE I LIVE NOW..I HAD READ LOTS OF BOOKS ON PARTION ERA...BUT NO ONE TRULY POTRYAL THE INFAMOUS ANGER..., THOSE WHO SUFFERD WERE ON BOTH SIDES... I WANT TO APOLIGES FROM MY BEHALF FOR DAT SHAMFUL ACT..I KNOW I WAS NT ONE OF THM BUT..BT THERE IS A ANGER N FEEL OF GUILT SMWHERE IN MY HEART...

Aug 11, 2007 at 06:11:30 Dr G S Grewal
INDIA
With folded hands I pray to WAHIGURUJI to excuse for our cowerdence in our actions of 1947 and join the people of India & Pakistan in the ARDAS for future human behaviour in the worst of circumstances May we always Live by HIS Grace .

Aug 11, 2007 at 06:50:18 AarizMohammed
India
I am sorry on behalf of Indian Congress.

Aug 11, 2007 at 07:03:22 Naveen Reddy
INDIA
AS a progeny of the INDUS CREED, I feel sorry for whatever happend during partition and express my profound compassion and wish that we all brethern develop and prosper. Here by saying INDUS CREED I mean we all have same genes and common ancestry (ppl of INDIA,PAKISTAN and BANGLADESH), we are brothers and should live with love and compassion for each other

Aug 11, 2007 at 07:07:44 jagjeet Singhindia
i being one of the great sufferer of the man-made catastrophe deeply regret over what had taken place at that time which has deprived many like me the warmth of grand parents.

Aug 11, 2007 at 07:13:55 Sanjay Kumar Sinha
India
Defeat the beast inside you with education.

Aug 11, 2007 at 07:17:41 Binita Sinha
India
Though it is too late and also I came on this planet about 13 years after thistragedy took place, I am a strict believer in the fact that humanity must prevail and these animal instincts must be supressed.

Aug 11, 2007 at 07:37:17 prakash maharana
India
We peoples of India and pakistan wants to fogot those violence days of partition.

Aug 11, 2007 at 08:03:53 Suresh Oberoi
India/ USA
Seen inhuman and barbaric acts of rape killing of innocent, unconcerned Hindu /Muslims on either side of boarder. We somehow reached Delhi from Rawalpindi to Delhi after 20th August. On this side we were ashamed to see the looting and killing of innocent Muslims . We even now shiver thinking of that period. We feel guilty of not doing any thing to save those innocents. We apologize to all those who suffered and Pray for those who lost their lives.

Aug 11, 2007 at 08:08:53 Ankit Agrawal
India
I whole heartedly extend my apologies to all the victims of partition.Even till date every Indo-Pak citizen is suffering due to it.::And a commendable step by ACHA.Hats Off to it.

Aug 11, 2007 at 08:29:26 harpreet kaur
india
i am sorry::that is all i could say::i don't have words for this tragedy

Aug 11, 2007 at 08:34:04 gobind thukral
INDIA
WE WERE VICITIMS OF THIS UNHEARD ATROICITY. YET WE CARRY THE BURDEN ON OUR COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS. LET US ALL FEEL SORRY

Aug 11, 2007 at 09:01:55 Sunil Bhalla
India
I myself belonged to a family migrated from pakistan and heard horror stories to this tragedy from my grandparents.::::I feel sorry for this inhumane act of humanity , i feel sorry for my negative feelings towards others at some point of time.

Aug 11, 2007 at 09:24:24 Rana Gurtej Singh
INDIA
We are really SORRY !

Aug 11, 2007 at 10:19:43 Bushra Ahuja
India
I was born much later however read and heard about the frenzy on both sides of the unnatural borders created by those who never wanted Indians-Hindus and Muslims-like one family

Aug 11, 2007 at 11:27:09 Saradindu Basu
India
Please accept my apology for the misdeeds of the then generation. I sincerely feel that this tragedy could have been avoided

Aug 11, 2007 at 11:56:24 mohinder singh chowdhry
India
after migration from ancesstors land we feel rootless

Aug 11, 2007 at 13:49:49 badri raina
india
long overdue; the petition embodies an extraordinary commitment in the highest traditions of universal humanism.

Aug 11, 2007 at 15:27:36 Anwar Abbas
Best wishes and prayer for peace all over the world.

Aug 11, 2007 at 16:12:15 mehfooz ahmad
india
yeh dag dag ujala,yeh shab gazeeda sehr::tha intezar jiska yeh woh subh to nahi.

Aug 11, 2007 at 16:31:08 sameer
india
iam ashamed but i wish there was something like the truth and recociliation of south africa. unfortunately most in india prefer to brush the bloody past under carpet. where there is justice there is future. and its important to remember history so that we do not repeat it

Aug 11, 2007 at 23:09:15 sukhwinder singh padda
india
partition should be avoided at any cast

Aug 12, 2007 at 01:51:14 Dr Manish Tandon
India
I do agree with the above statement.I do feel sorry for all that happened::I hope in future we all will be united as Jurmney did.

Aug 12, 2007 at 02:51:51 RP Mishra
india
This is the least we can do for those who have sufferred

Aug 12, 2007 at 06:47:23 Arushi
India
even though i wasnt born at the time of the partition, i still give my gravest apologies and sympathize with the people who had to go through such a terrible phase in their lives! it is really shocking and painful that honest, innocent people had to pay for the crimes that were done by others. it was a really regretful decision and i hope that such a horrible incident never happens again! ::i sincerely apologise to the unfortunate people and i hope that one day, india and pakistan will reunite and become the beautiful, powerful nation that it once was! i pray that there will be peace in the world and people shall live happy and free forever!

Aug 12, 2007 at 08:05:09 aslam khwaja
pakistan
though i was not at that time but have to face the concequences of the madness of partition time.

Aug 12, 2007 at 08:51:46 niclavosekj
india
I am very much impressed to this act of kindness

Aug 12, 2007 at 12:30:56 Mahesh Prasad
India
We have to erase this evil boundary between us and use the money saved from this should be used for the benefit of poor and education.::we should then urge our politician to be real seculars. I believe Muslims can live happily with secular governments as its already successful in Turki.

Aug 12, 2007 at 13:36:32 T.M.Singh
USA
Sincere empathy

Aug 12, 2007 at 14:18:09 Sonal Joshi
USA
I would like to say that I am deeply sorry for all individuals who witnessed the partition. Whether you were involved or not, we all have been affected by the tragedies endured during that savage time. I am very sorry for all the lives that were lost, families/friends that were separated, and minds that were scarred.

Aug 12, 2007 at 17:40:29 BASUDEV LAHIRI
UNITED KINGDOM
Although, I was born much after Independence and the partition, yet I believe I am an equal heir of what happened during those fearful days. It is time; we understand that the hatred lurking inside us will exhume everything we hold dear. The only way forward is that of peace and love. Let us pledge, that we will do everything in our capacity to prevent such calamities striking us again by banishing the hatred present in our heart

Aug 13, 2007 at 00:32:39 Zarmina Kundi (o)
Pakistan
May our present and future generations never make the mistakes our ancestors made and may we always opt for PEACE over war. May Allah(SWT)'s Mercy be on all of us and our ancestors.::This petition is greatly appreciated.::Happy Independence Day!

Aug 13, 2007 at 03:05:25 G.P. SINGH
india
Being a refugee, and having lost more than 80 relatives in the riots in 1947, I have no enmity with anyone or ill will towards nay person. People on both sides had gone beserk and mad. Who do you blame.

Aug 13, 2007 at 04:53:03 Federation of Migrant Groups from N.W.
india now pakistan
india
an excellent effort

Aug 13, 2007 at 05:16:41 Amarjit Singh Hehar
India
May God grant peace to the souls of the victims and forgive the sinners who perpetrated the crimes.May such events never recur anywhere in the world.

Aug 13, 2007 at 06:16:58 s.skandan
India
To forget is human but to forgive is divine

Aug 13, 2007 at 08:50:46 K. Shyam Sundar
India
Though I was born after partition and India became independent, I really feel sorry for the victimes of voilence during partition. My whole-hearted sympathies to them and I really feel sorry that I could not do much to alleviate their sorrow.

Aug 13, 2007 at 11:17:09 Ranjan Chakravarti
India
I am sorry!

Aug 13, 2007 at 11:22:10 Mausumi Chakravarti
India
Let peace prevail.

Aug 13, 2007 at 12:04:24 Harkant Singh
India
Hope we can rise above what happened and achieve peace and harmony.

Aug 13, 2007 at 12:06:22 Dr. Tejpal Singh
India
Lets create a place of love and contentment.

Aug 13, 2007 at 21:19:56 Venkat
USA
Brothers will always have little differences, but in the end they will always be brothers.

Aug 14, 2007 at 06:21:05 Rashmi Desai
India
A Commendable effort.

Aug 14, 2007 at 11:16:04 Mary Prathiba
Hungary
WE ARE SORRY :(

Aug 14, 2007 at 12:01:45 Preetish
India
I appreciate this idea, its really a wonderful initiative. Atleast we know what we think of each other and we all love peace and harmony. We all have a common goal. Otherwise we are mostly driven by what the media projects to us and what politicians tell us through media. .... My heart goes out to those souls who died to please the minds of pseudo-religious fanatics.

Aug 14, 2007 at 18:29:55 Mohammad Sabri
USA
Apology for the bloodshed, violance and murders In the name of caste, color and rejigion.

Aug 14, 2007 at 20:21:48 khursheed mallick,MD
usa,india
we should learn from the History and not repeat it.(Pray)

Aug 15, 2007 at 08:30:46 Sahil Sachdeva
India
Maybe a simple apology alone doesnt mean much, but the hatred born at that time is still killing people and ruining innocent lives. We as sovereign people are 60 yrs old already, we shouldnt take more time to say "enough is enough".

Aug 15, 2007 at 12:22:42 Tribhuwan Anand
CANADA
we must be fools not to realise that the devide between India-Pak is restricting our progress and others are making business by selling arms to us. Mere Bhai Gussa thooko aur gale lag jaao....

Aug 15, 2007 at 16:28:12 albert stephan
usa
I am msyself a victim...but I hold no grudge. In fact I am thankful to the people who saved me. I pray for the souls of those who wanted to kill me. GOD BLESS YOU. YOU ARE DOING A VERY GOOD THING.

Aug 15, 2007 at 16:50:30 najma
usa
It is never too late to say sorry. It is very very good thing you people are doing. I would suggest one more thing. We the NRIs can buy one square mile of land falling on the both sides of the border. There might be or might not be a high fence right at the dividing line. This land can be set aside as a meeting place for the people of both the countries without visas. People could play hockey, soccer, cricket matches. People could hold cocerts, qawalis, etc.

Aug 15, 2007 at 18:36:34 dharmendra
india
I and my family are sorry for this tragedy!

Aug 15, 2007 at 19:57:04 Shyam
US
Though I sign this yet I say let freedom prevail in Pakistan.Let them know the value of freedom and drop all shackles of bondage including women there they must also be free

Aug 15, 2007 at 20:44:34 Bhuvana
Australia
Together we are still united in Love for one another, no cast, no religion should stop us from doing so. We are one big family. We are sorry for the past, but we look forward to a positive future.

Aug 15, 2007 at 23:57:19 mohammad abdulla sheikh
India
this was perhaps the darkest period in which humans behaved like beasts and is because of lack of morality.

Aug 16, 2007 at 15:26:23 Sumit Goel
Canada
We are sorry that such bloodshed and mayhem happened because of blind faith and ego of our politicians.

Aug 16, 2007 at 15:54:10 Tariq Farooqi
USA
Let us begin a new era of peaceful progress and harmony!

Aug 16, 2007 at 19:05:15 Jaideep Adhvaryu
USA
Some mistakes cannot be wiped. But we can ask for fogiveness and promise to learn.

Aug 20, 2007 at 06:27:27 Vidya Rao
India
Thank you for this work of atonement for the terrible wrongs of Partition-- and , alas, the continuing angers that still exist among some. I pray that love, peace and compassion will prevail.

Aug 20, 2007 at 07:43:28 Faiz Ullah
India
I'm sorry too...

Aug 20, 2007 at 08:18:46 inder salim
This INDER-SALIM stuff from KASHMIR... with love..

Aug 20, 2007 at 09:52:42 ratnesh kumar shukla
india
it is really a great initiative but we need to remind ourselves this colossus tagedy so that it does not happen again. I took birth after 33 years of partition, none of my family members were even remotely affected by this giant human tragedy but I have felt reverberation of this tragedy within myself while reading books watching movies or dramas.I therefore feel that onus is very much on our generation of all the south asian countries to construct an ambience of peaceful coexistence not only in our sub-continent but in the whole world.

Aug 20, 2007 at 10:34:26 Nirmala Sharma
India
I wholly endorse the petition and condemn violence in any form, against any peoples or country or community. Nirmala Sharma

Aug 20, 2007 at 14:46:46 Ajai Chawla
India
This is long overdue. Better late than never!

Aug 20, 2007 at 17:15:56 gulnaz
India
I believe we have to be better than our forefathers and we should not repeat their mistakes.::

Aug 20, 2007 at 23:16:33 Dr. Geeta Pandey
USA
Great effort to build bridge of love and trust between the two countries.

Aug 20, 2007 at 23:21:13 Anupam Sircar
India
Since nothing else has worked till date, and it is far from the vision or capability of politicians at both sides of LOC, I hope and pray that this initiative by the civil society will deliver.

Aug 20, 2007 at 23:26:30 Malabika Pal
India
It's never too late to say "Sorry".

Aug 21, 2007 at 00:29:26 Sadia
Pakistan
Forgiven

Aug 21, 2007 at 01:48:37 Ashvin Subramanyam
Indonesia
To all the souls that underwent such terrible agony - we are terribly sorry!::::To all our children and their future progeny - we must and shall do our best to ensure this does not happen again!

Aug 21, 2007 at 02:59:58 janet chawla
India
may we be forgiven and move forward in peace

Aug 21, 2007 at 03:57:59 Chinu Srinivasan
India
High time.

Aug 21, 2007 at 04:31:26 Nidhi Dani
india
Spread peace not terror!

Aug 21, 2007 at 05:39:47 shaaz hasan
India
Living in harmony is the most natural thing to do, anything else is unnatural and wdemedill and shall be com

Aug 21, 2007 at 05:43:05 shaaz hasan
India
Living in harmony is the most natural thing to do, anything else is unnatural and shall be condemed

Aug 21, 2007 at 08:56:36 Nilima Chawla
India
To heal ourselves we have to apologise, forgive, reconcile and then love, with humility and compassion.

Aug 21, 2007 at 10:42:42 Yodha Singh
USA
An excellent start.

Aug 21, 2007 at 20:11:47 Dev R. Sachdev
North Brunswick, NJ USA
Iwas in 10th grade in Pakistan. A few days before we, Hindus & Muslims were friends, but after partion was announced, we were thirsty for each other's blood. It is a shame and and my family apologise for sufferings caused to many of our bretheren

Aug 21, 2007 at 22:59:02 Guru Anand
India
All educated people/thinking people/mature people /sensible people would think like this only and in no other way.

Aug 22, 2007 at 00:19:17 Srividya Subramanian
India
It is a high time that we all work together to make this world a paradise. What is already done can not be undone. Let us all pledge to respect the human values above anything and everything else.

Aug 22, 2007 at 00:24:01 sarah
india
so much more needs to be done to document and memorialize this part of the world; and at the same time, real action must take place to move forward--to move beyone talks and meetings...

Aug 22, 2007 at 07:05:24 meenakshi
india
how can we say sorry. it may not be enough

Aug 22, 2007 at 08:32:02 Ashok Kumar
India
We must do it for the genrations to come .

Aug 22, 2007 at 10:12:32 Mala Gupta
India
We need to learn from the past and make some distance from violence and to resort to Peace through non-fanatic methods

Aug 22, 2007 at 12:24:49 Kamal Kamadoli
USA (origin - India)
Thank you for bringing up the forgotten atrocity and violence in the communal violence during the partition of India in 1947. It is a high time that we as civilized people need to apologize to those victims. Thank you for waking up to the just cause.

Aug 22, 2007 at 19:11:16 Jyotica Uppal
India
Dreaming of a peaceful world and all living in harmony.Just like pre-partition.

Aug 22, 2007 at 21:48:23 Dinesh Nathani
India
Sorry from the depth of our souls.

Aug 23, 2007 at 00:40:17 ajay bhardwaj
Uth Gaye Gowandhnon Yaar Rabba Hun Kee Kariye

Aug 23, 2007 at 03:34:49 devendar sapra
India
we must condemn the dark chapter in our history what happened during India / Pakistan partition in 1947. We grieve for all who suffered and our deepest sympathies.

Aug 23, 2007 at 22:59:04 sadia dehlvi
india
its never too late to say sorry

Aug 24, 2007 at 09:14:06 anuradha
india
spread love and peace

Aug 24, 2007 at 20:16:56 Guru Anand
India
Injustices happen in ones life--man created or sometimes what we call bad luck etc . But we must learn to live on leading as full and complete a life as we can. We can only do this if we discard the negatives and hope that the eothers do it too. Dont wait for the other to start first ;you be the first one --others will follow . Slowly at first but these kind movements build up their own momentums--So, hope for the best by starting to take positive actions yourself first. Guru

Aug 26, 2007 at 08:33:49 sujatha rajanandam
india
i am so sorry for all the families in india and pakistan who were affected by the tragedy.i hope that from now on we can form an unbreakable bond of friendship.my love and best wishes to all my brothers and sisters in india and pakistan.

Aug 26, 2007 at 08:34:49 sujatha rajanandam
india
i hope that from now on we can form an unbreakable bond of friendship.my love and best wishes to all my brothers and sisters in india and pakistan.

Aug 26, 2007 at 10:10:00 BHARAT JAIN
India
IT WAS AN UNFORGETTABLLE EVENT STILL HAUNTING US

Aug 27, 2007 at 14:37:01 Jos Puthenveetil
USA
Let us hope of a Peaceful and Harmonious neighborhood in that region.

Aug 28, 2007 at 08:39:24 Francisco D'Sa
Canada
Let us learn from our past so that we do not commit the same mistakes. It is now a global world we can all join hands to bring change for a better, peaceful world.

Aug 28, 2007 at 09:19:55 Saleem Malik
Pakitan
I wish that has not happened

Aug 28, 2007 at 18:10:45 Arun Raj
United States
My parents hail from Pakistan and came to India as a consequence to the partion. While my father took a position in the hearing and returned to Pakistan as an Indian Diplomat. I was with him and attended school in Pakistan. I had a wonderful experience attending school and associating with the ordinary folks in our neighborhoods. While I was Indian, I could not differnciate any of them from us. We spoke the same language, ate the same foods, shared the same culture and playground games like cricket and hockey. We should join or hands together like the Germans and others in this ever flattening world.

Aug 28, 2007 at 18:46:50 mohammad Imran
USA
We south asians should be ashamed of out behaviour at the time of independence in 1947. My apology on behalf of all south asians who sat and did not do anything to stop the carnage, on behalf of those who took active part in carnage, and on behalf of those who incited others to do the carnage. The British misled us, but it was our fault to kill, maim, rape, and burn each other.

Aug 31, 2007 at 03:01:24 Indu Lal
India
Am all for a harmonious South Asia . May we all become one

Aug 31, 2007 at 04:25:30 Faiz Siddiqui
Pakistan
I fully support this petition

Aug 31, 2007 at 04:26:15 Ishak soomro
Pakistan
I fully support this petition

Aug 31, 2007 at 13:26:55 Ritwik Chakravarti
India
I am nine years old and I want to see India and Pakistan to be friends, and ofcourse friends in need.

Sep 1, 2007 at 06:47:54 Ayaz Hussain Tiwana
Pakistan
Sorry.May their souls rest in peace.

Sep 1, 2007 at 22:26:03 zarina salamat
Pakistan
We need to learn from our past. Let us work for a strong and peaceful South Asia

Sep 2, 2007 at 08:29:33 Leonard Swidler
USA
This is Today's first step toward building a better Tomorrow. Len Swidler

Sep 2, 2007 at 10:13:54 Robert Schuzius
USA
We have not forgotten and hopefully we have learned

Sep 2, 2007 at 22:37:50 Dr. Elizabeth Adams-Eilers
U.S.A.
God forgive the U.S. leadership and those who support torture and violence. The U.S. has become as imperialistic as England was, causing fear and death everywhere and failing to honor human rights everywhere, including the U.S. I am very sorry for the human suffering caused by partitioning of India. Peace on earth!

Sep 3, 2007 at 00:08:08 george bouchey
It may be late, but it's necessary.

Sep 3, 2007 at 05:09:04 anwar abbas
Pakistan
I condemn communlaism of every kind, not only in deed but also in the mind of people.

Sep 3, 2007 at 16:22:39 Ali Rizvi, MD
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
In 1947 my parents' families migrated to Pakistan where I was born and raised. They used to tell us stories of the horror. In a few months I plan to take my family on their first visit to both India and Pakistan, their common motherland. Human behavior was at its shameful, lowest ebb during the days of partition. An apology and reflection over the sad events are long overdue.

Sep 3, 2007 at 17:21:53 Michael S. Jones
USA
Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sep 3, 2007 at 17:35:51 Satinder Mullick
USA
My family was a victim like many.We lost everything and suffered.::A true effort should involve building a Memorial Building in Delhi with photos,history of events of 1947 for others to see in posterity that Hasty decision of Mountbatten and little attention/preparation by Nehru/Jinnah led to this massacre and unknown misery.Building a memorial at Wagah is meaningless.It should be in Delhi where people go.:: Please read my article--I WAS THERE.I have met Arun Gandhi.He is terrific speaker.:: A good Memorial building--like Holocaust Museum is approriate in Delhi.

Sep 7, 2007 at 07:39:02 Usama Majeed
Pakistan, England and now Australia
I was born a long time after the partition but after reading history and having the opportunity to talk to and analyse some of my elders' thoughts, I have always carried this sense of shame for what happened. I, to this day, feel ashamed of what us Indians did to one another. I sincerely hope we can turn it all around as this would be the only way to be truthful in our apologies to those who lost their lives and a lot else during the partition of OUR Mother India! If there is anything I can personally do to further the cause, I'd love to contribute but at present don't know how.

Sep 8, 2007 at 21:19:53 Manju Parikh
USA
My nephew (from India) married a lovely Pakistani girl just recently. It was a wonderful celebration which brought families from two countries together. The younger generation is showing the way. We must acknowledge the wrongs done in the past and move on to building a future which assures peace and many opportunities for well being for citizens of both nations.

Sep 10, 2007 at 12:22:38 Satinder Mullick
USA
CORRECTION:A memorial library for 1947 partition history should be built in Delhi and Karachi or Islamabad or Lahore.My point is that young people should know the complete story-that Mountbatten and our leaders consented to such a "Hasty Decision" without even knowing what town is part of India and what part is in Pakistan.British Army should have played a role of overseeing migration of 12 million refugees--so one million would not have been butchered.While celebrations went on in Delhi and Karachi,who was caring for the people who were being slaughtered.:: History repeats itself if not preserved for generations to come that peaceful coexistence is key to controlling massacres initiated by a few.This petition is a great effort,but is unlikely to prevent future massacres in Indian/Asian subcontinent.Plaques do not help,but libraries with photos,books,newspaper articles,people's own accounts help future generations.Thanks.

Sep 10, 2007 at 12:23:18 Satinder Mullick
USA
CORRECTION:A memorial library for 1947 partition history should be built in Delhi and Karachi or Islamabad or Lahore.My point is that young people should know the complete story-that Mountbatten and our leaders consented to such a "Hasty Decision" without even knowing what town is part of India and what part is in Pakistan.British Army should have played a role of overseeing migration of 12 million refugees--so one million would not have been butchered.While celebrations went on in Delhi and Karachi,who was caring for the people who were being slaughtered.:: History repeats itself if not preserved for generations to come that peaceful coexistence is key to controlling massacres initiated by a few.This petition is a great effort,but is unlikely to prevent future massacres in Indian/Asian subcontinent.Plaques do not help,but libraries with photos,books,newspaper articles,people's own accounts help future generations.Thanks.

Sep 10, 2007 at 21:13:11 Arun Raj (arun.raj@cox.net)
United States
My parents hail from Pakistan and came to India as a consequence to the partion. I was born in India. My father, a graduate of Edwards College, Peshawar took a position in the Indian Foreign Service and later returned to Pakistan with us, his familty, as an Indian Diplomat. I was with him and attended 5th, 6th and 7th grades at St Pauls in Karachi. I had a wonderful experience attending school and associating with the ordinary folks in our neighborhoods. As an Indian, I could not differenciate any of them from us. We spoke the same language, ate the same foods, shared the same culture and playground games like cricket and hockey. We should join or hands together like the Germans and others in this ever flattening world. I am sorry.::

Sep 11, 2007 at 10:14:41 khalid chaudhry (kc4upk@yahoo.co.in)
pakistan
we are sorry of the acts of our forefathers

Sep 16, 2007 at 12:48:56 Awais Sheikh
Pakistan
The partition was inevitable. But the incidents of killing people, lootings, destroying & burning properties all is a bad name in history. We the people of sub-continent feel ashamed of it. We have to rectify, that is to apologize from and for each other. What I propose is that the parliaments of each country should officially apologize to the other over the killings of millions of innocent people at the time of partition. May I remind that it is not easy to talk about this in Pakistan. We must first bring the atmosphere conducive to peace. There are hard liners in both countries who cannot digest such an idea, at least at present. Although sanity is prevailing in both countries, unless people to people contact is fully restored and governments succeed in resolving their outstanding disputes, such a move may not be materialized.

In a joint press conference with a delegate from India, I proposed the same notion that both the parliaments should apologize to each other concerning what had happened at the time of partition. I added that we do not condemn or criticise the partition. We can not reverse what has happened. We may have different views but it is a reality now. Both the countries are sovereign and independent. They have their own identity. But sad incidents, the killings, lootings, plunderings, violence, all that is a tragedy. We had not earned good name in history. Some media men asked questions strongly opposing the proposal. I clarified that I am not opposing or criticising the partition itself, but the madness that prevailed at that time and resulted in the great tragedy is shameful. Only one newspaper reported my proposal. People in India and Pakistan need peace. Let us work together and continue putting pressure on our respective governments to settle their issues as early as possible and restore people to people contact. The launching ceremony of my book Samjhota Express (Hindi edition) will be held at Delhi on March, 08. Important personalities from both sides of the border are being invited. At this occasion, I propose a resolution should be passed to this effect; calling upon the governmets of both sides to appologize each other officially. "

Sep 28, 2007 at 17:02:59 Rayees
Let's not be hostages to the past and move on.

Oct 4, 2007 at 13:06:48 Hiba Arshad
USA
The tragedies that unfolded during the time of partition are horrific, but by working together and accepting one another as loving human beings and nothing else, we can fight the negative effects of ignorance and nationalism. God Bless...

Oct 11, 2007 at 14:40:11 Eishwinder Kaur
India
Even i feel sorry - as my ancestors are from there::i have heard their first hand experiences and known the sufferings. I hope nothing like that hapens ever again to anybody. I am SORRY!

Oct 19, 2007 at 09:52:01 shruti
india
its high time we realise the wrongs that have been done n make sure we dont aggravate or repeat the same again...............so its time for INDO-PAK FRIENDSHIP.........!!:: apology to all those who suffered..!

Oct 19, 2007 at 10:11:55 Vipin Gupta
Aplogise for the acts of my ancestors.

Nov 1, 2007 at 05:53:15 ALLAMA DR. MUHAMMAD ANEES ROOHANI
PAKISTAN
It is necessary for the peace in South Asia, to promote livelihood, globalisation, human rights, justice and peace with the soft heart corner pay to related peoples of concerned nation of nearest country without any hesitation and provide extra ordinary facilities with apology to deserving nation from the responsible country.

Nov 10, 2007 at 18:16:19 Sameer Bhatele
India
Silence::God, give solace to the souls who sufferred .