5th Indo-Pak Peace Calendar launched in Dehradun

Dehradun Launch of 5th IndoPak Peace Calendar

Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a voluntary and non political cross border initiative of Indo-Pak Friendship has launched its 5th Indo-Pak Peace Calendar in Dehradun at Hotel Aketa. Besides the launch and a panel discussion, a special screening of Toba Tek Singh (Directed by Ketan Mehta) was also done. This film is part of Zeal for Peace initiative by 12 film directors of India and Pakistan. Local hospitality support was provided by Aketa. This Indo Pak peace calendar features selected paintings (6 paintings from India and 6 from Pakistan) from schools students (Grade 8 to 12) of India and Pakistan. These Paintings depict an innocent and apolitical horizon of peace.

This year, we received thought-provoking expressions from students of several cities in India (Bulandshahr, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Surat and Vadodara) and Pakistan (Karachi, Lahore, Swabi and Toba Tek Singh). Alongside the paintings, peace calendar includes messages from peace activists and renowned intellectuals. This year, Peace calendar includes messages of Dr. Salima Hashmi, Dr I A Rehman, Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmed, Lt. General (Retd) Muhammad Masood Aslam from Pakistan and Dr Shashi Tharoor, Col (retd) Virender Sahai, Major General (retd) Ashok Mehta, Dr Syeda Hameed from India.   

During the launch, a discussion on ‘Sharing of hopes for peaceful co-existence’ was also organized where Prof Dhreerendra Sharma, G K Swamy, SP Goel and Lokesh Ohri were present in the panel.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dheerendra Sharma, who works on nuclear disarmament, said that the nuclear race in South Asia must be stopped and nuclear disarmament should be a priority for countries of the world, specially India and Pakistan, if we really want to see the development and uplifetment of people.

G K Swamy, who is an economist and educator, said that education is something that provides us a vision for future. Our education, specially in India and Pakistan should be more inclusive and more connected as we share our history and our future as well. Children are the tomorrow’s leaders and such activities that promote peace and humanity among them are definitely for welfare of human being and real objective of education.

Lokesh Ohri, who is an anthropologist said that history and heritage of both countries are closely connected with each other. With the hundreds of years of togetherness, these are only 70 years when we are so disconnected that we started making stereotypes for each other. A better connection of history can build a peaceful future together.

SP Goel, Philantrophist and Founder of Hotel Aketa narrated personal examples of Hindu-Muslim Unity, dispelled stereotypes and talked about the importance of communal harmony.

Vinay Bhardwaj, a film producer whose upcoming movie Dushman is also based on Indo-Pak Friendship, supported the initiative through a video message. The trailer of the movie was shown during the launch program. It was the first public screening of the trailer.

The students whose paintings have been featured – Vikas Pal and Ifrah Naaz from Purkal Youth Development Society (PYDS) Learning Academy were also felicitated. They shared their vision behind the painting. Mr. Harwant Singh, Principal of the School talked about the importance of peace and the need to continue efforts for peace building between India and Pakistan.

Running since last 5 years, Aaghaz-e-Dosti aims to create unwavering bonds between India and Pakistan through people to people network. Aaghaz-e-Dosti is heading towards its objective through various activities such as Aman Chaupals, Peace Workshops, Classroom to Classroom connects, Indo-Pak Peace Calendar, Discussions and Seminars and others. Aaghaz-e-Dosti is one of the most prominent voice on Indo-Pak issues and has been recognized for its voluntary efforts by people, media and governments of both sides along with many awards from organizations and institutions. 

This year, calendar has been launched in presence of various dignitaries in Lahore (1 Jan), Toba Tek Singh (8 Jan), Peshawar (9 Jan), Karachi (29 Jan) in Pakistan and New Delhi (14 Jan) and Mumbai (30 Jan). After Dehradun launch on 5th Feb, this calendar launch is scheduled in Panipat on 11th Feb, Chandigarh on 17th Feb, Kolkata on 26th Feb and Ayodhya on 5th March.

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