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To Pakistan, With Love

India Today - 20 March 2006
by Uday Mahhurkar

In the past four months about 60,000 children from 10 Indian cities have penned warm missives of friendship addressed to Pakistani children. Another 1,200 school children have scribbled messages for their friends across the border on what could be the world's largest letter - a 240 x 340 ft. tarpaulin sheet. All these letters will be carried to Pakistan later this month by John Silliphant, a San Francisco-based graphic designer, and his American friends, as part of a campaign called "Friends Without Borders".

India Today AhmedabadThe initiative, supported by Manav Sadhna, an NGO, seeks to build an atmosphere of love and trust between the two countries by engaging children on both sides of the border. Silliphant, who claims to be inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, came to Ahmedabad along with his friends under a Gandhian social service programme last year. Confident that his campaign will have a significant impact, he says, "After all, it is coming from the hearts of Indian children. I have no doubt that Pakistani children will respond with the same enthusiasm." His friend Mark Peters, who has been helping him in the campaign, adds, "Children are still untouched by hate propaganda. We need to tap these minds."

The campaign indeed is getting a warm response from children. The message-scribbling event, organized by Silliphant in Ahmedabad last week, saw over 1,000 school children walk in groups from temples, churches, mosques, synagogues, and other places of worship to pour out their hearts on the huge letter at the Sabarmati Ashram. The messages varied in their sentiments and colour. One of them read "Build Bridges, not Walls", while another read "Peace between India and Pakistan has more beginnings than endings". A third was slightly terse: "Stop Terrorism, We are Friends."

There were others that echoed universal sentiments like, "Let's join hearts in friendship. Together we can make a better world'. The best of the lot, however, were the lines written by Sakshi, a girl from Mumbai's Lilavati Poddar School: "Though I am yet to know your name, I hope my letter will find a friend in you..." The children felt happy to engage in such a campaign. As Sachi Mehta, a school child from Ahmedabad, put it: "It was very exciting. Such a powerful message of love can never get a negative response."

The love letters to Pakistan are expected to swell to lakhs when Silliphant and his group cross the border. Says Mark Jacobs, a group member, "The power of just one child can change everything." Well said.

  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