Indo-Pak People-to-People Contact
A Victim of National Insecurities
Author: Usman Shahid/ Tridivesh Singh Maini/ Tahir Malik
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The oft-repeated but crucial fact that Indians and Pakistanis get along so famously when they meet outside South Asia, unfortunately, they are not given similar opportunities to interact freely on their own home turf, is one of the reasons for authors to write this book.
Interestingly, even during times of tension and acrimony between both countries, Pakistanis and Indians instantly strike a chord when they meet overseas.
The writers have themselves experienced this during their visits to foreign lands, especially the UK, US, and Dubai where citizens of both countries share cordial ties. Secondly, with the existing curriculum in both countries, it is very easy to foment hatred.
Sustained people-to-people contact and interactions between individuals from both countries are one possible way of acting as a way of countering the false propaganda spread by numerous quarters.
With the 24-hour electronic media’s coverage of Indo-Pak relations, and its sensationalization of even non-issues at times, the only possible solution to blunt this is to ensure that there are sustained interactions between people from both sides.
Finally, one of the major drawbacks of people-to-people interaction hitherto is restricted only a handful of people are fortunate enough to overcome the unimaginative visa regime.
The book aims to explore how ordinary citizens can play a more meaningful role in bringing both countries closer. This book would attempt to make recommendations for facilitating greater interactions between individuals from different strata of society.
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