Aaghaz-e-Dosti (lit. Beginning of Friendship) was initiated by Mission Bhartiyam, an India-based voluntary organisation in 2012. At present, it is a joint project of Mission Bhartiyam of India and Hum Sab Aik Hai of Pakistan. Read the history
Imp: There has been misinformation/misinterpretation around the founder-ship in few media reports. Aaghaz-e-Dosti was launched in India in 2012 by Ravi Nitesh (as its founder) of Mission Bhartiyam and Aaghaz-e-Dosti worked without a collaborator in Pakistan for about an year.
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. Working team members are not required to be members of social organisations (Mission Bhartiyam in India and Hum Sab Aik Hain in Pakistan) as Aaghaz-e-Dosti works with its own independent working structure.
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.
Raza Khan is the convener (Pakistan) of Aaghaz-e-Dosti. He is team member of Hum Sab Aik Hai. He is a research student at University of Punjab. He is also associated with several other organisations working on Peace and Human Rights.
Madhulika V. Narasimhan is a core member of Aaghaz-e-Dosti. She is also the Chairperson of Delhi Chapter. She is also in the Blog team of Aaghaz-e-Dosti. She is a Research and Communications Professional by Profession.
*Dehradun (Uttarakhand) Chapter – Prashant Nautiyal
*Delhi Chapter – Madhulika Narasimhan (Chairperson), Madhuri Mittal (Treasurer), Neelanjan Chakraborty (Member), Radhika Arora (Member), Rupika (Member), Sanjana Arya (Member) and Sarral Sharma (Member)
*Meerut Co-ordinator – Shruti Achesh
*Surat (Gujarat) Chapter – Sagar Papneja
*Islamabad Chapter – Wardah Irum, Saba Khalid
*Lahore Chapter – Safia Bokhari (Co-ordinator), Farooq Ishraq (General Secretary), Sarah Awan (Information Secretary), Umair Vahidy, Sheharyar Rizwan and Atiqa Shahid .
*Toba Tek Singh Chapter – Umair Ahmad
Blog & Editing Team Devika Mittal, Madhulika Narasimhan, Ravi Nitesh, Swathi Gadepalli and Sheharyar Rizwan
To know about former team members, please visit here
Aaghaz-e-Dosti is an effort of not just the team members 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 send request to join Aaghaz-e-Dosti, only people who work regularly 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.