Aaghaz-e- Dosti is a friendship initiative run through joint collaboration of NGOs – Mission Bhartiyam of India and Hum Sab Aik Hain of Pakistan.Through this initiative, the team of Aaghaz-e-Dosti in Pakistan has created a door of friendship between people of India and Pakistan through the letters exchange program, greeting card exchange program, cultural and open mic nights via video conferencing.
Aaghaz-e- Dosti, let the movement flow beyond religion and politics:
Years ago, India and Pakistan decided to part ways. Lines were drawn on land, water and even in the sky.But hate created by circumstances at that time still continue. And it’s not our fault -its the upbringing we are in.
But now, the time is changing and it’s the time to through useless thoughts present to us by media and politicians.“FUCK THEM ALL AND THE NEGATIVITY”.
Both nations share a common history, a common language, a common culture and even a common desire.
The images of the past, the nostalgia are still being invoked, after 70 years, after all the political clashes and fluctuating relations.
Let these barriers only be political (administrative) ones because socially and culturally there are no barriers. These barriers have been constructed and have to be demolished. The barriers of suspicion and hatred are also constructed and have to be demolished too. And these barriers cannot be removed by people with bodyguards or with guns. They can be removed by people who are faceless in crowds and voiceless in a chorus. They can be removed only by the so-called “common people” or the aam insaan.
Take the example of Japan.When japan destroyed by US with nuclear bombing in world war- 2. Japneese are not fighting over that in these times,instead after the war they co-operate with US and progressed from ashes to a world class nation.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti (lit. beginning of Friendship) seeks to enhance people-to-people relations. It seeks to become the medium to discover and recognise the misrepresented reality on the other side of the border. Aaghaz-e-Dosti was started in 2012 by Mission Bhartiyam, an India-based youth organisation. It has collaborated with several organisations in the past but from May 2017, Aaghaz-e-Dosti became a joint initiative of Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based Hum Sab Aik Hai.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak Friendship Initiative, are striving to counter stereotypes and misconceptions through their initiatives as they believe that it is the lack of communication as well as miscommunication that has sustained the conflict. To meet their objective, they have been organizing interactive sessions in schools and colleges called aman chaupal, seminars and discussions, public demonstrations, launch an annual Indo-Pak peace calendar among other efforts There have been other collaborating organisations for individual events. We join individuals and like- minded organisations to join us in our mission.
Join us..Let’s create a new chapter of peace and friendship.
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