02 August, 2021

Constituency For Peace

An India-Pakistan people-to-people convention will discuss means to reduce tensions

Constituency For Peace

AS Indo-Pakistani ties continue to deteriorate, around 120 Indian professionals, activists and academicians are headed for Lahore to make a determined pitch for peace. On the agenda is a meeting with Pakistani counterparts to chalk out strategies for mass peace campaigns. Each delegate has paid from his own pocket to attend the second convention of the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy. The convention, being held from November 9 to 11, will be the biggest gathering of citizens from the two sides on Pakistani soil since the famous hockey matches of the ’50s.

Among the delegates are former Punjab governor Nirmal Mukarji, former Bombay High Court judge H. Suresh, political scientist Rajni Kothari, poet Neeraj, Hindustani vocalist Satyasheel Deshpande, the Narmada Bachao Ando-lan’s Sripat Dharmadhikari and representatives of major trade unions, construction and fish workers’ federations and journalists.

"Almost all the states are represented, including Jammu, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam. Most...

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