Activists praying for peace
BATHINDA: The assembly of peace activists from both the Punjabs at the border on the eve of Independence Day talking peace, turned into night long virtual interaction for restrictions in place due to Covid. Guftagu Azaadi Ki Chale Chalo ke woh manzil abhi nahi aayi cultural expressions and conversations on freedom by Pakistan India peoples forum for peace and democracy(PIPFPD) and midnight peace vigil by Aaghaz-e-dosti, paved the way for Peace activists from both sides baring out their minds praying for the return of peace between both the neighbouring countries.
Martyr Bhagat Singh nephew Prof Jagmohan Singh stressed the need fop0r peace and regular interaction between youths of both the nations as we could not live long under hatred as it turns into mental retardation, it could be eradica6ted with love. Bhagat Singh used to speak of Independence where poverty and inequality should have no place but our both the countries inherited it and continuing with it even after 7 decades which now need to be overthrown. He talked about poem of legendary poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz while Bhagat Singh and his comrades were being executed.
Activist Munizae Jahangir talked about fight of both the nations against the human beings whereas it should be against environment degradation, pandemics. It is time to initiate dialogue instead of fight for dignity of people. These are trying and tested times and we need to look for new opportunities beyond borders.
"We are here because we believe in friendship across border, believe in peace, we don't believe in narrow nationalisms. We have gathered to say we are not that wall that separates, we are the cracks in the wall, will make new paths we will light them in darkness" said feminist and social activist Kamla Bhasin
We are the conservative one's who are trying to conserve the rich history of friendship, love and peace across South Asia, PIPFPD India chapter convener Vijayan MJ and Aaghaz-e-Dosti India chapter convener Devika Mittal said separately but with same tone.
The neo-youth movement should develop international solidarity across South Asia. There is an attempt to rewrite history in contemporary politics across the world", said Ammar Ali Jan talking about South Asian solidarity and voices of love and peace.
“I am Gypsy the entire world is mine, no demographic and no border can stop me moving. Moving in freedom.", said Anwar Solangi from Sindh.
Faiz Ahmad Faiz daughter Salima Hashmi reciting one of Faiz's poem 'Ye Daagh Daagh Ujala' asked for peace and only peace.
The history of freedom in South Asia is of fighting oppression and I would like to remember the people whom we have lost." Said Nighat Khan, Pakistani feminist activist, researcher and author.
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