Aaghaz-e-Dosti (lit. Beginning of Friendship) was initiated by Mission Bhartiyam in 2012. At present, it is a joint project of Mission Bhartiyam of India and The Catalyst of Peace and Hum Sab Aik Hai of Pakistan. Read the history
The working structure of Aaghaz-e-Dosti consists of founder, two convenors (temporary post) – India and Pakistan, core committee members, city-coordinators, members of city chapters, task-based committees and volunteers.
Ravi Nitesh is the founder of Mission Bhartiyam and Aaghaz-e-Dosti. He founded Aaghaz-e-Dosti in May 2012. He is an engineer by profession. He is also associated with several other organisations working on Indo-Pak peace and Human Rights. He is also a freelance writer on the issues of Kashmir, Indopak and contemporary issues.
Devika Mittal is the convenor (India) of Aaghaz-e-Dosti and core member of Mission Bhartiyam. She is currently pursuing Ph.D in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics. She is also a freelance writer on the issues of Gender, Indo-Pak and contemporary issues.
Madhulika Narasimhan is a core member of Aaghaz-e-Dosti. She is the Chairperson of Delhi Chapter. She is also in the Blog team of Aaghaz-e-Dosti. She has done her post-graduation in Sociology from South Asian university. She has worked as a columnist and citizen volunteer for DNA.
Suraya Islam is a core member of Aaghaz-e-Dosti and founder member of The Catalyst of Peace. She is the Karachi Coordinator. She is a former Teach For Pakistan Fellow.
*Dehradun (Uttarakhand) Chapter – Prashant Nautiyal
*Delhi Chapter – Madhulika Narasimhan (Chairperson), Madhuri Mittal (Treasurer), Yashika Pahwa (Member), Sarral Sharma (Member), Rupika (Member), Sanjana Arya (Member)
*Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) Chapter – Swathi Gadepalli
*Meerut (UP) Chapter – Shruti Arora
*Vadodara (Gujarat) Chapter – Dr. Nidhi Shendurnikar Tere
*Islamabad Chapter – Umer Abdur Rehman Janjua, Syed Zeeshan Ali Shah, Saba Khalid, Fatima Shah
*Karachi Chapter – Suraya Islam
*Lahore Chapter – Raza Khan, Safia Bokhari, Mujtaba Subhani and Sheharyar Rizwan
*Peshawar Chapter – Abdur Rauf Yousafzai
*Toba Tek Singh Chapter – Umair Ahmad
Dubai chapter – Zebaish Shaikh
Kyrgyz Chapter – Nasima Karim
Blog Team Devika Mittal, Madhulika Narasimhan, Dr. Nidhi Shendurnikar Tere, Ravi Nitesh, Sheharyar Rizwan and Umer Abdur Rehman Janjua.
Previous Team Members
*Aliya Harir – Convener (Pakistan) of Aaghaz-e-Dosti from October 2013 – 14 May 2017
Aaghaz-e-Dosti is an effort of not just the team but also of our dedicated volunteers in both countries. The volunteers of Aaghaz-e-Dosti contribute through participating in initiatives, helping in organising initiatives, contributing through articles and poems for the blog and sharing their valuable inputs which makes it all possible. While anyone can join Aaghaz-e-Dosti, only people who work are included as volunteers. Aaghaz-e-Dosti acknowledges the contribution of volunteers in reports, press releases, announcements related to events and entitles them for a certificate/letter of appreciation when asked for.
We request media persons, selection committee members regarding an award or fellowship program to cross-check with us about the membership and profile of the applicant.