Amritsar school kids to deliver first friendship letter to Pakistani counterparts
NewKerala.com - 21 March 2006
School children from Amritsar will soon deliver their first letter of love and harmony to their Pakistani counterparts.
The students have begun a march on foot to Lahore today to deleiver their message of peace.
"We are writing what we genuinely feel about peace,our views about peace...," said Shikha, a student.
Organised by a voluntary group Friends Without Borders, the attempt to gather letters began six months ago when two American volunteers went from one school to other to collect letters of friendship to be delivered to the Pakistani kids.
"(It's amazing) children from all over India have written to children in Pakistan," said Mark B. Jacob, member of FriendsWithout Borders.
India and Pakistan launched peace talks in early 2004 but they have made slow progress, particularly on the core territorial dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
The letters to be delivered have poured in from across the nation. The students have also indulged in a spot of painting to make 'the world's largest love letter' as colourful as possible.
Young and enthusiastic peace lovers vowed for harmony across the border as they lighted candles and sang at the Jallianwala Bagh site in the city, which witnessed one of the worst massacres in 1919 during the British rule in undivided India.
|It may be long before the law of love will be recognised in international affairs. The machineries of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another. -- M.K. Gandhi|