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India Pakistan Friendship and Peace March: Ahmedabad to Naderwai-IliyaBet, 19 - 30 June, 2018

3 June 2018

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In 1947 the country was divided by the foreign rulers by playing a game of divide and rule to which the religious fundamentalists fell prey. India and Pakistan since then have a checkered history and uneasy relationship sometimes climaxing in wars and violent conflagrations.

While the governments prefer to maintain adversarial relationship, which now sustains certain vested interests on both sides, the common people and business interests on two sides want peace. They do not want conflicts in which people die. The soldiers dying on both sides after all come from mostly modest middle class rural backgrounds. While the leaders can meet when they choose to, the common people do not have control over their destiny.

We believe if the governments cannot solve the disputes between the two countries then the people should take the initiative. If the common people of two countries are allowed to meet then over a period of time peace and harmony will prevail. We urge the two governments to facilitate the meeting of common people from two sides by granting them passports and visas easily. Since people of two sides of border share a common culture they can play an important role where the governments have failed.

Along the Indian border with Pakistan there are openings between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in Kashmir, at Wagah-Attari in Punjab and at Munabao-Khokrapar in Rajasthan-Sindh. Gujarat doesn’t have an opening into Pakistan even though a number of fisherfolk from both sides land up in each other’s jails. The people in Bhuj, Kutch have had intimate relationships with people from the other side and given an opportunity trade can flourish between the two areas.

If the border between Gujarat and Sindh is opened either at Khavda or Nada Bet the people from two sides will get an opportunity to meet easily and there will be promotion of trade, tourism and ultimately peace and friendship will be strengthened. The fisherfolk whose relatives land in jail on other side can easily travel across to find out their well being and make an effort to get them released. It is in the interest of common people that borders are opened up.

If people of two countries are allowed to meet freely an atmosphere of peace and harmony will be created in which it will be easier to resolve the outstanding disputes too. When our defence expenses will go down resources will be freed up for developmental activities which will benefit the poor on both sides.

When the two Koreas can end their enmity after almost as long a period as India-Pakistan animosity has existed, why can the two South Asian neighbours not achieve the same feat?

We urge the two governments to replace the military ceremony on Wagah-Attari every evening with a peace ceremony where people are allowed to meet and celebrate peace, harmony and friendship. Such a model of peace ceremony can then be replicated on all border openings.

We also urge the governments of India and Pakistan to create a situation in which ultimately all restrictions on travel across the border are removed and people are allowed to meet freely. This will be a great service to the humanity.

Sanjay Tula, Mehsana, 9426388234, vishwagrambasna[at]

Kausharali Saiyed, Ahmedabad, 9904150217, kaushars[at]

Sandeep Pandey, Lucknow, 0522 4242830, ashaashram[at]

Organisations endorsing the India-Pakistan Peace March: Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, Aaghaz-e-Dosti, Minority Coordination Committee, Gujarat, Gujarat Lok Samiti, Bandhkam Mazdoor Sangathan, Pakistan Institute for Labour Education and Research, Karachi, National Alliance of People’s Movements, Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal, All India Secular Forum, Manthan Samayiki, Kolkata, Jharkhand Nagrik Prayas,, Confederation of Voluntary Agencies, Hyderabad, Khudai Khidmatgar, Socialist Party (India)

INDIA PAKISTAN FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE MARCH ROUTE Ahmedabad to Naderwai-IliyaBet, 19 to 30 June, 2018
Date From To Distance (in km)
19/6/18 Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad Kalol 27
20/6/18 Kalol Nandasan 22
21/6/18 Nandasan Mehsana 26
22/6/18 Mehsana Sihi 30
23/6/18 Sihi Patan 25
24/6/18 Patan Roda 26
25/6/18 Roda Thara 17
26/6/18 Thara Diyodar 18
27/6/18 Diyodar Bhabhar 25
28/6/18 Bhabhar Suigam 27
29/6/18 Suigam Nadeswari Mata 20
30/6/18 Nadeswari Mata Pakistan Border 27

Total distance 290 km

Villages on opposite side of border in Pakistan: Jetli, Asani, Didva, Bartala, Bhodesar, Churiya, City: Nagarparkar

Appeal to Make Financial Contribution for the March

Please make the India Pakistan Friendship and Peace March successful by contributing towards meeting the expenses of organising the March. You may make a financial contribution by using the following bank account details.

Name of Account: Socialist Party (India)
Bank: Allahabad Bank
Branch: Hazratganj, Lucknow, U.P.
Account Number: 50084256339
IFSC: ALLA0210062 (there is a zero following second A and two zeros consecutively)

When you make a financial contribution to the abovementioned account please inform Sharad Patel, 9506533722 or bhikshavrattimukti.abhiyan[at]