Aaghaz-e-Dosti

69 years ago, India and Pakistan decided to part ways. Lines were drawn on land, water and even in the sky. They took different political turns. Their relations saw many ups and downs. There have been several instances of open conflicts. There have been instances where the relation had almost reached a dead end. 

But beyond politics, beyond the control of minds, there are hearts which are still full of love and hope. Following every political clash, there were attempts by the civil society in both countries to rekindle the hopes. And each time, they managed to win hearts because they were only bringing out the hidden love and desire for peace which rests in every heart. 

An average Indian and a Pakistani have the same secret desire to cross the border, atleast once. They want to see what people on the “other” side eat, how they talk, how they look and how they think. And if it is to be believed what those lucky people who have visited says, they will be highly ‘disappointed’ because it is just the same there. We share a common history, a common language, a common culture and even a common desire. 

With a huge sense of pride, the third generation would narrate how their grandparents had crossed the borders. There is a “Lahore Driving School” in Delhi. People on both sides are consciously trying to preserve this fact of migration. The images of the past, the nostalgia are still being invoked, after 67 years, after all the political clashes and fluctuating relations.

It shows the common desire which is to build strong ties of friendship and brotherhood. India and Pakistan has even the same political, economic and social challenges to fight with. So why to keep the falsely constructed distance?

Let these barriers only be political 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.

Aaghaz-e-Dosti or start 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 is a joint initiative of India-based Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based The Catalyst of Peace (TCP).  There are also collaborating organisations for individual events. In Past, we have collaborated with The Catalyst – Tc, IMOV Humans (Pakistan), Centre for Youth Development Activities (Pakistan), Youth Association for Development (Pakistan), SAMAAJ – Social Awareness Media Art Junction, South Asian Writersand Artists Network (SAWAN) and Indian Council for Talent Search and Competitions (India).

Join us in our efforts…Let’s create a new chapter of peace and friendship.

۶۸ سال

ہلے ہندوستان اور پاکستان نے راستے الگ کر کہ جدا ہونے کا فیصلا کیا۔ زمین، پانی یہاں تک کہ آسمانوں میں بھی حدود کا تعین ہوا۔ دونوں نے مختلف سیاسی موڑچنے۔تعلقات میں بھی کئ نشیب و فراز آئے۔ان کے بیچ کھلے تصادم کی کئ مثالیں ہمارے سامنے ہیں۔کئ بار تو نوبت تعلقات کہ ٹوٹنے تک آپہنچی۔

لیکن سیاسی اور ذہنی اختیارات کے پرے وہاں کچھ دل ایسے بھی ہیں جو کہ ابھی بھی پیار اور محبت سے لبریز ہیں۔ہر سیاسی ٹکراؤ کی تقلید میں دونوں ممالک کے شھریوں نے متحد ھو کر امید کی شمع کو دوبارہ روشن کرنے کے لئے بھرپور کوششیں کی ہیں،اور ہر بار وہ لوگوں کہ دلوں کو جیتنے اور ان میں پوشیدہ محبت اور امن کی طلب کو ابھارنے میں کامیاب ہوے ہیں۔

ایک متوسط ہندوستانی اور پاکستانی کی یہ پوشیدہ طلب ہوتی ہے کہ کم از کم ایک بار تو وہ سرحد پار جا سکیں۔وہ دیکھنا چاھتے ہیں سرحد کے اس پار لوگ کیا کھاتے ہیں، کیسے چلتے ہیں اور کیسے دکھتے ہیں اور اگر ان خوش قسمت لوگوں کی باتوں پہ یقین کیا جائے جو کہ سرحد پار جا چکے ہیں تو وہ یھی کھینگے جس کو سن کر بہت سے لوگ مایوس بھی ھونگے کہ سرحد ک اس پار اور اس پار سب ایک جیسا ہی ہے۔ ھماری تاریخ، بولی، تہزیب یہاں تک کہ خواہشات بھی مشترک ہیں۔

فخر کے عظیم شعور کے ساتھ ہماری تیسری نسل اپنے آباؤاجداد کی سرحد پار کرنےکی کہانیاں سنایا کرینگیں۔دلہی میں ایک ڈرائیونگ اسکول ہے جسکا نام “لاھور ڈرائیونگ اسکول” ہے۔ دونوں طرف کے لوگ دانستہ ہجرت کی حقیقت کو محفوظ رکھنا چاہتے ہیں.

٦٥ سال بعد، سیاسی ٹکراؤ اور تعلقات کے اتار چڑھاؤکے باوجود ماضی کے عکس ہمیں اس میں کھو جانے پر مجبور کر دیتے ہیں۔ ان تمام باتوں سے اندازہ لگایا جا سکتا ہے کہ ہماری مشترکہ خواہش یہی ہے کہ ہم آگے بڑھ کر دوستی اور بھائی چارے کے مضبوط دھاگے باندھ سکیں۔ ہندوستان اور پاکستان کہ سامنے یکساں سیاسی، معاشی اور سماجی مسائل کھڑے ھیں جن سے انہوں نے لڑنا ہے۔ تو پھر یہ غلط طور پرتعمیر کیئے گئے فاصلے کیوں؟

چلیں ان رکاوٹوں کو صرف سیاسی حد تک ہی رہنے دیں کیوں کہ ثقافتی اور سماجی طور پر تو کوئی روکاوٹیں ہیں ہی نہی۔ یہ جو رکاوٹیں تعمیر ہو چکی ہیں ان کو ہٹانا پڑے گا۔ شکوک و شہبات کی جو دیواریں کھڑی ھو چکیں ہیں ان کو گرانا ہو گا۔ یہ رکاوٹیں اور دیواریں وہ لوگ نہیں ہٹائیں گےجن کہ پاس محافظ اور ہتھیار ہیں بلکہ وہی یہ کام کرسکتے ہیں جن ک چہرے بھیڑ میں پہچانے نہیں جاتے اور جن کی آوازیں شور میں گم ہو جاتی ہیں۔ یہ کام تو بس ہمارے اور آپ جیسے عام انسان ہی کر سکتے ہیں۔

آغازِدوستی يا ‘دوستی کا آغاز’ عوام سےعوام کے تعلقات کو بھتر بنانے کی متقاضی ھے۔ يہ سرحد کی دوسری جانب حقيقت کی غلط تصوير کشی کو دريافت کرنے اور اسے پہچاننے کا وسيلہ بننا تی ہے۔ ‘آغازِدوستی’ ہندوستان ميں قایٔم ‘مشن بھارتيم’ اور  پاکستانی وقوع کے آيی ايم او ھيومنس ۔ ارمان خان فاٰیٔونڈٔيشن کی ايک شروعات ھے۔

ساتھ ھی علحدہ سرگرمییوں کے لٔيے معاون تنظيميں بھی کام کرتی ہيں۔

1947। करीब 69 साल पहले की बात है। भारत और पाकिस्तान का विभाजन हुआ था। बंटवारे की लकीरें हर जगह खींची गईं। इस बंटवारे में सिर्फ लोग ही बंटे, धरती बंटी, आसमान बंटा…पानी बंटा। दोनों मुल्कों ने इस बंटवारे के साथ जीना शुरू कर दिया। रिश्तों में नरमी गरमी का दौर भी शुरू हुआ। लड़ाईयां हुईं। कई बार तो हालात इतने खराब हो गए कि लगा अब बातचीत का दौर खत्म हो गया है।

लेकिन राजनीति से अलग, दोनों मुल्कों में कई दिल ऐसे हैं जो आपसी रिश्तों के लिए धड़कते रहे। बात जब जब बिगड़ी, आम अवाम ने सामने आकर उम्मीदों को जिंदा रखने का काम किया। वे हर बार जीते। उनकी जीत सिर्फ इसलिए हुई क्योंकि उन्होंने दोनों मुल्कों के लोगों में एक दूसरे के लिए छिपी मोहब्बत और अमन के पैगाम को सामने लाने का काम किया।

अपने दिल से एक बार पूछिए क्या आपका एक बार पाकिस्तान को देखने का मन नहीं करता। आम तौर पर दोनों मुल्कों के अवाम के दिली ख्वाहिश यही होती है कि कम से कम एक बार इस पार से उस पार या उस पार से इस पार की दुनिया देखने को मिले। हमारी बोली एक है, खान पान एक है। हमारा इतिहास एक है, हमारी संस्कृति एक है।

आइए सियासत के कांटों से खुद को अलग करें। हमारी संस्कृति और समाज में जब कोई फर्क ही नहीं है तो फिर ये फर्क क्यों? शक और नफरत की सोच से बाहर निकलकर दोस्ती का हाथ आगे बढ़ाया जाए। बम और बंदूकों से दोस्ती ना तो हुई है ना होगी। दोस्ती के लिए हाथ मिलाना होगा।

आग़ाज़ – ए – दोस्ती, ये नाम है हमारी इसी कोशिश का। हमारा मकसद है दोनों मुल्कों के बीच पनपती नफरत को खत्म करना। हमारा मकसद है आम लोगों को एक दूसरे से मिलाना। हमारा मकसद है प्यार और अमन का पैगाम देना। हमारा मकसद है इंसान को इंसान से मिलाना। हमारा मकसद है इंसानियत, फिर वो चाहे इस पार की हो या उस पार की…

आइए, हमारे साथ आइए, हमारा हाथ थामिए…दोस्ती और अमन का संदेश आप ही लोगों को तो लेकर आगे बढ़ना है।

  1. Sheikh Muhammad Ali

    Realy a great article……..i like & want to endorse it to all my peace loving friends

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  2. Dear Sir,
    i being president Maas Foundation ( A leading theatre group of Pakistan) always like to appreciate the idea as here in pakistan we are working on same agenda of peace and friendship b/w these two countries already.

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  3. can you also include Bangladesh?

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  4. Both India and Pakistan are remote controlled by Neocons and Zionists (search and read about them). Our treasuries are controlled from outside ( all money from reserve banks is debt money on interest). Incidents and wars are generated/instigated to destroy our economies. Friendship amongst neighbours of the region and de-militarisation are the keys to progress in the region. Why should we be part of arms race ? They shall never be used and shall become obsolete with time. We shall then spend more and more to buy newer and newer war weapons. For what ? Dosti amongst the two nations is key to any meaningful progress, else we remain play things for Anglo-American-Israel-Saudi Arabia block.

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  5. I think one of best ways to generate people to people contact is to organize cultural, programmes on both sides , inviting singers from pak to organise musical concerts in india.

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    • I completely agree with your thought of inviting singers from both the countries and having concerts.MUSIC HAS BEEN ONE OF THE STRONGEST AGENTS FOR THE CHANGE IN INDO PAK RELATIONS.
      without meeting each other, how can we think of friendship? How can we trust each other if we don’t get to interact? The misunderstandings exist because we don’t know each other, we have not seen each other, and we have not visited each other’s country? IF WE HAVE FRIENDS IN PAKISTAN, CAN WE EVER THINK OF DOING ANY HARM TO THAT COUNTRY? The misunderstandings and suspicion exists because we think we are different. But are we? Who speak the same language, look just the same, hold same values and beliefs and the same desire to visit each other’s country…… REALLY DIFFERENT?
      However, PEOPLE IN BOTH COUNTRIES HAVE ACTED MUCH MORE MATURE AND HAVE MOVED ON. THEY ARE READY FOR A STRONG BOND OF FRIENDSHIP AND BROTHERHOOD. Many Pakistanis cross the border for medical treatments. Similarly, traders and business men have also increasingly moved beyond the borders.

      We cannot go and delete a chapter in history but we can definitely add a new one. We can add a chapter which says, “AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER……”

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  6. Hareesh Rumar Rawat

    Realy great. . .i like it,wo wanna only peace and friendship,we will get. . .

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  7. Yes i like frndship for anyone.

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  8. Fantastic idea and mission

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  9. thats reality i also love to be frend

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  10. A friendly conversation between an Indian and a Pakistani is very predictable. It will always start with a fascination about each other’s politics, culture and mainstream cinema and will then migrate to the fact about common history and will END WITH A MOAN ABOUT THE IDEA OF SEPARATION.

    It all seems very predictable but it shows the common desire which is to forge strong ties of friendship and brotherhood. India and Pakistan has even the same challenges to fight with. So why to keep the falsely constructed distance?
    We cannot go and delete a chapter in history but we can definitely add a new one. We can add a chapter which says, “AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER……”

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  11. Rajesh Chouhan

    Guys #AAGHAAZEDOSTI Hatts off to u……..4 ths initiative……..

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  12. We r not friends ,we r brothers.Therefore relationship should be seen as such.The brother if young n weak needs to be taken care of very sensitively. We need sense brotherhood…r

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    • I agree with R Vikram Singh. Because our ancestors were same therefore or religious believes cannot change our relation’ We donot throw our brothers infire just because of his thought but we accept him even if he is wrong’ Even those 10 percent who claim arab ancestory Had Indian mothers!

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      • I wanted this comment to go to the article. The spirit of your organisation’s effort, is the same that has made our dear Malala Yousefzai urge friendship and reconcilliation between India and Pakistan, still sharers in the same basic social fabric.

        Social divisions that people make between one another, as in caste, ancestry, economic standing, social standing, even physical appearance, are so deeply endemic in all of Asia, that I feel the only way out of it is to introduce sociology and anthropology courses in education; to encourage the development of a broader perspective on all human societies. This will bring about greater genuine tolerance and self examination.

        That Indian ( and by that I mean India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan) suffer from an identity crisis of an immense magnitude is demonstrated through behavior, particularly in the nation of India, of imitation of a bizarre concept of being a global citizen – jeans, t-shirt, tights, sexual mores, drinking, etc. India is being culturally co-opted by media forces, and youth, glued to their gadgets, without a strong sense of who they are, are gung-ho on what they are seeing. They are, as a whole, completely unaware of the massive ecological crisis enveloping this planet.

        This problem is very deep. It is painful to see what is possibly the world’s richest cultural fabric, full of artistry, interdependent science, musical refinement, and social values, totally unabsorbed by youth today. The only way out, is respect. People that are imitating, do not have respect, they are insecure.

        Sometimes, a complete destruction of everything is necessary to rebuild, but, you cannot rebuild anything great when the knowledge and skills cultivated painstakingly for eons, are gone. At this moment, the last generation of grandmothers, who hold the keys to living life gently upon the earth, with refinement and propriety, are fading away. As an old lady, I cry for youth, who will grow up in a world without any clean water, everything polluted, their genes distorted by nuclear radiation, their brains fried by EMF, their ability to become mature, thinking people, destroyed by taking away their vision of interdependence and experience with Nature, their knowledge of how to handle those relations.

        Yet, yours is a bright voice, a spark of light. Keep going, cling to the ideal of Oneness of the human family and all life. Watch and listen to the experiences of western astronauts who have returned from space, and seen our planet as one entire living organism. Let the reality of our Oneness with all life, not only political, be your guiding star.

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  13. Yes we condemn this cowardly act ,we are together to fight it out.

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  14. Malik Asghar Ali Roohi

    I highly appreciate this endeavour of friendship with a little bit suggestion of strengthening friendship instead of starting friendship. There is a famous saying that we cannot change our neighbors. so we have to be friends and good friends for the sake of 1.3 billion population of the two countries. We have to compromise and adjust according to the needs of time. Both of us are spending on defence budgets out of proportions. An improvement in people to people contact will definitely strengthen relations between the both.
    Widespread poverty is the real common enemy of India and Pakistan. We are have to join hands together to eradicate eliminate and defeat this enemy. If Pakistan and India are able to resolve their conflicting issues for good then Pakistan and India can utilize their geo-strategic advantage. Gas pipeline agreement among Iran, Pakistan and India has already been concluded. Gwadar port and extension of SILK ROUTE to Central Asian states are those dreams which are about to become a reality in near future. These developments are ringing the bells of much brighter future of the region. India and China have already stunned the world with high gowth rates in the last 3 to 4 decades.These developments will not only challenge the monopoly but surely shift the balance of Economic Strength from Europe and Americas to this region. Almost half of the world population reside in this region comprising of China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Centra Asian states.This Region is blessed with everything from Natural Resources, Agricultural potential to abundant availability of Human Resources. BUT MY FRIENDS ALL THIS IS CONDITIONED WITH PEACEFUL AND CORDIAL RELATIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN.
    It is high time to realize this changing scenario and lets stand up to support our governments and defeat all the conspiracies against the bright future of the countries of the region. Now SAFTA can turn into CICASAFTA (China, Iran, Central Asia, South Asia Free Trade Association).
    Come and support this initiative. like us on facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/pakistanindiafriendz?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
    Malik Asghar Ali
    Chief Editor: Capital Aler Isalamabad.

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  15. Malik Asghar Ali ,right i accept ur idea.

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  16. Prof. Mrs Fauzia N Ansari

    Friendship is more valuable than any other relationship. True friendship is like life saving medicine, gives a new life to dieing humanity.
    True friends are the best gifts by Almighty God on this earth.

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  17. Rustam Ali Malik

    Good effort. Firing and bombs have never solved any problems. But love can do it. Please continue the good effort.

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  18. Ch Faisal Mehmood

    Aaghaz-e-Dosti welldone …wounderfull job done (Y) (Y)

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  19. its a great service ♥·♥♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡

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  20. Nisar Ahmed Chaudhary

    Good work has being done. Please continue.

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  21. Divinity is not in Religion not in country , its lies in Healthy human relations .Its really great initiative to activate a peaceful relationship between two counties while Media from Both countries presenting others as Culprits , these kind of activities are much needed kudos to your effort

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  22. M. Azim Chaudhry

    Good work . Keep it up. Let us vanish hates accros the borders

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  23. realy great thinking I like n sapport

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  24. Everybody migrated from either side still longs for to visit his native land where he had spent his earlier days of his life. Atleast it is my inner feeling. I was of 17 years at the time of partition of India and am now 85. I have still the imprints of earlier days and still feel to have some friendship at my native place Gujrat (Punjab).

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  25. Great blog!! These are very fabulous pictures and I liked your ideas in photography.

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  26. Historical decision taken by activists ,I can’t believe the borders and all that, broken all these boundary’s and let it be united,

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  27. Great website I like it

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  28. suvichar

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  29. Grt work. God b with u. If you need any help from me im always their. I’m working for a institute and visit many school. Im working in hyderabad (India).

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  30. good platform to join a nation equal

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  31. Kumar Ambarish

    Hum dost nahi bhai hain. Na jaane ye kaisi ladai hai. Aaj nahi to kal ek honge hum. Maine ye dua Khuda se kubool karwai hai.

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  32. Saleem Lodhi

    Despite widespread of common people for peace understanding and cnormak neighbourly relations ,the establishments on both sides in connivance with other beneficiaries of hatred and aniimoisty , are equally determined to frustrate any such attemp.
    However due to social media , now people to people contact is a fast growing reality .

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  33. shrey khurana

    the youth of both contries is interested in being friends because both have positive thinking as well as communication.. the only need is to iniyiate this .. and that programm is like a initiation for both.. so i am realy in favor .. hats of to AGHAAZ AE DOSTI

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