Sunday, January 3, 2010

Campaigning for peace, a paradigm shift

Having been disappointed by the Indian government’s lack of interest to restart a composite dialogue process with Pakistan---simply on the pretext of Mumbai incidence, the Jang Group and Times of India Group have jointly begun a campaign to repair the broken bonds between the two nations with a brand new approach.
 Indeed, “peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding.” Since both Newspaper-groups have realized the hopeless development at the government level, there is an absolute need for plannig an honest and aggressive approach to deal with the core and non-core issues such as Kashmir dispute, the water dispute, terrorism and all other obstacles to peace.
A paradigm is not a theory; it is the entire construct of assumptions, beliefs, and experiences that define the subject matter for theory. In the present scenario, there is a great deal of need to encourage ‘a paradigm shift’ in the way people think about development for refining the mutual relationship, and in how people support sustainable change.
Quite certainly, our support will go a long way to build networks and trust between social, cultural, political, economic and geographic hemispheres to advance education and material information on important issues relating to religious practices, poverty, ecology, health, agriculture, and trade relations etc. to bring about a positive change for the mutual benefit of India and Pakistan.
'A paradigm shift' is-therefore, a completely new direction for the people of both countries for overturning all previous negative assumptions about how the things work, what is possible, and what the implications of the future are.
In other words, it may be defined as “Attitude-Revolution.” It has to be embraced because it is the process of becoming better and more effective than we are, and better than we could ever be standing still.
Despite the UN resolutions to give the right of plebiscite to Kashmiris to decide their own fate, Indian government has always been defiant, therefore, Kashmir, being a disputed territory, still remains the root cause of all other problems.
Peace is a two way street of conflict and compromise. A joint venture project “Aman Ki Asha” launched by the Jang Group and the Times of India is highly praise-worthy because it provides a formula for the resolution of the long-standing Kashmir conflict.
The two media groups have conveyed the message that it is time to do away with tension and promote friendship to narrow down the gap between  two nations, Bharat and Pakistan. Both nations are indeed obligated to help promote peace and tranquility under the new strategy.

The writer is an independent analyst based in Canada.

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1 comment:

Tariq Mian (Canada) said...

Regarding “Aman Ki Asha,” I can not resist but add further comment to my previous submission-on the issue-- titled “Campaigning for peace, a paradigm shift,” posted on January 03, 2010 (a must read).
Kashmir being the core issue and the water problem are the main reason for a trust deficit--.
If the ‘water-flow’ to Pakistan is restored by the Indian Rulers, and the “Right of self determination (plebiscite)” is allowed to Kashmiris, most definitely, the deadly relations between the two neighborly hostile brothers would go away for good.---
Cracks can be repaired, wounds can be healed but a fault line due to religiosity can only be over passed with tolerance and open mind. ---
A hard line approach is detrimental to the relationship. There should be respect for other cultures and creeds. This does not mean “a compromise on principles or religious beliefs,” rather it would generate an atmosphere of tolerance to enhance peace among religions.---
Majority of Pakistanis and Hindustanis are in favour of PEACE. However, people like Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray are hell bent to maintain a divide. However, there does exist a great deal of ‘will’ on both sides of the border to deal with the ideological fault line underneath for sake of humanitarianism, love and perpetual peace in the region.
Inherent hatred does exist which is a bitter ground reality, yet, any negative/biased comment should be avoided in order to make “aman ki asha campaign” a real success.


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