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Two Americans, one mission: bridging the Indo-Pak divide

Indian Express - 7 August 2005

GUESS who's trying to build a bridge between India and Pakistan. Two American followers of Gandhian values are on a mission to strengthen bonds of peace and harmony between the two nations. Greetings, posters, letters, drawings... John Silliphant and Mark Peters are busy collecting peace messages from a cross-section of society to present them to people across the border. “Letters and posters from students here will be given to students in Pakistan. Similarly, those from rickshaw drivers here will be given to rickshaw drivers there as occupation supersedes nationality. A sweeper here is like a sweeper there,” explains Mark, who owns two companies back home.

John says the idea struck them only a few days ago when they came to know that their visas would expire soon.

“Our visas were not extended and since we had to leave the country, we decided to initiate this project and visit Pakistan,” he says. In the last two days, the duo collected messages from schools. On Sunday, they met freedom fighters and Gandhians. The overwhelming response has surprised them. “Most wish that people of both countries visit each other quite often and even when there are no cricket matches,” says John who has a construction business and also develops websites for NGOs.

The project just does not end here. The two, who leave from New Delhi next week, will collect similar messages from Pakistan and get them over to India.

They have been in the city since February and have participated in several developmental projects with NGOs here. “John has an Indian wife while I fell in love with the country during my two earlier trips.” says Mark.

“We were to stay here for a year but got visas for six months. After the trip to Pakistan, we will again apply for Indian visas,” says John.

People can send their messages to ‘With Love to Pakistan', Manav Sadhna, Gandhi Ashram

  hearts 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