People's Peace March, 2005
Goodwill Statement from Friends of South Asia
of South Asia
Francisco, CA, USA
March 23, 2005
at Friends of South Asia salute the peace-loving citizens of India and
Pakistan for their vision of a peaceful subcontinent and for their
courage in participating in the Peace March from New Delhi to Multan.
Where years of armed confrontation could not resolve any issues, where
bristling armies equipped with the most lethal weapons could not make
any advances into the “enemy territory”, we believe that
marchers, armed only with their convictions, will not only go deeper
into the other's land, but will make a greater mark on the people
themselves than any mere army ever could.
peace march will provide an excellent opportunity for the common people
of India and Pakistan to meet each other. We at Friends of South Asia
feel that such opportunities are imperative in effacing the
caricaturized images of “the other” which years of
produced. We also hope that the goodwill produced by this event will
render insignificant the bitterness of the recent past and act as a
catalyst in reminding us of our shared history, our common struggles
and, our surely common aspirations for peace and prosperity.
hope that this march for peace will be the first of many future efforts
towards restoring the mutual friendship that the people of this region
were fortunate to enjoy not too many years ago. We realize that these
are lofty goals, but also know that the journey of a thousand miles
must still begin with a single step. We commend and thank the
organizers of this peace march for taking that first step, and with
hope high in our hearts, we at the Friends of South Asia bid you a
successful and safe journey.
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