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Peace Now and Forever Campaign Between India and Pakistan


 

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NOTE: This Resolution has 1000 endorsements obtained on a personal basis, listed alphabetically at this link. It is now online as part of the Peace Now and Forever Campaign Between India and Pakistan.

PEACEMONGERS’ JOINT RESOLUTION FOR PEACE 
In the 70 years since independence and Partition, the people of India and Pakistan have seen too many conflicts and the loss of many valuable lives. Enough of the distrust and tensions. Those who suffer particularly are ordinary people denied visas and those in the conflict zones, especially women and children as well as fishermen who get routinely rounded up and arrested for violating the maritime boundary.

We condemn all forms of violence regardless of its objectives.

Deeply concerned at the current rise in animosity and antagonism between India and Pakistan, we urge both governments and their security establishments to take all steps possible towards improving relations.

We note that whenever it seems that relations might improve, some form of disruption takes place ranging from jingoistic statements to militant attacks. The traditional response to such disruptions only strengthens those who want continued tensions between our two countries.

We, citizens of India and Pakistan, and concerned citizens around the world, move this joint resolution towards a peaceful subcontinent and make the following demands to the governments of India and Pakistan, urging them to:

  1. Develop an institutionalised framework to ensure that continuous and uninterrupted talks between India and Pakistan take place regularly no matter what. Make dialogue uninterrupted and uninterruptible.
  2. Ensure that political leaders, diplomats and civil servants from both countries conduct talks on the sidelines of all international and multilateral forums.
  3. Recognise that the Kashmir dispute above all concerns the lives and aspirations of the Kashmiri people, and work to resolve it through uninterrupted dialogue between all parties concerned.
  4. Implement the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan.
  5. Renounce all forms of proxy wars, state-sponsored terrorism, human rights violations, cross-border terrorism, and subversive activities against each other, including through non-state actors or support of separatist movements in each other’s state.
  6. Support and encourage all forms of people-to-people contact, and remove visa restrictions and discrimination faced by citizens of both countries. This must be further taken forward to allow visa-free travel between India and Pakistan.
  7. Increase trade and economic linkages, sports and cultural exchanges between India and Pakistan.

Further, we pledge to uphold the principles of impartial reporting and urge media houses on either side to prevent the growing militarisation of debate. We must act responsibly and stop broadcasting hate speech and creating public hysteria aimed at the other country and/or vulnerable communities.

UPDATE: This resolution is endorsed by over 1000 prominent peacemongers in India, Pakistan and around the world – singers, actors, artists, writers, journalists, retired armed forces personnel, parliamentarians, filmmakers, lawyers, historians, physicians, businesspeople, economists, students and rights workers. They include Gulzar, Noam Chomsky, Shubha Mudgal, Aruna Roy, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, Asma Jahangir, Mubarak Ali, Romila Thapar, Ayesha Jalal, Admiral L. Ramdas, General Talat Masood, General Mahmud Durrani, Jean Dreze, Nayantara Sahgal, Mahesh Bhat, Nandita Das, Naseeruddin Shah, Salima Hashmi and Amin Hashwani to name a few. See some of the names in the list online, alphabetically ordered. This resolution is also endorsed by the Sarhad song of Aisi Taisi Democracy.

Hundreds of organisations in India, Pakistan and other countries partnering for The Peace Now Campaign are also obtaining endorsements for this resolution through a signature campaign. Scores of programmes in different cities and towns are providing platforms to people of both countries to assert their desire to resolve all issues amicably and reclaim an atmosphere of peace for the sub-continent.

NOTE: Endorsements collected online and on the ground until 15 August 2017 will be delivered to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan by the end of August 2017.

This petition will be delivered to:

  • India, Pakistan
    Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan

Kindly sign the petition here>>> https://www.change.org/p/south-asia-india-pakistan-peace-now-and-forever


Read the letter

Beena Sarwar started this petition with a single signature.

Updates:

Thanks for adding your voice – let’s make this go viral

  1. Thank you for signing this resolution, already endorsed by over 1000 “peacemongers” in India, Pakistan and around the world – singers, actors, artists, writers… 
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Dahis baras with love !


Ever imagined what happens when your name gets synonymous with a culinary dish that you are expected to make in every potluck?
Yes. In. Every. Single. Potluck. Period.

And anytime you offer for a friends party, “Shall I get something from my side?”
The obvious response is, “Yes dahi-baras if you can.”

The compliments of ‘perfection’ that flow are quite elating, and a fairly good boost to one’s self esteem.
Let me admit, it’s been decades since my last dahi-baras went wrong. I have figured out some short cuts too, and so it isn’t very time consuming & labour intensive either.

However, it has become pretty uninteresting to follow the same steps each time- soak dals overnight, grind them and make a batter, then heat oil and fry round lentil dumplings, soak them in water……etc etc like a robot. I know now how experts just learn to do repetitive tasks at a spinal level, letting brain take the back seat.
Summing up in two words: it’s become a monotonous rut.

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Hence time and again pops up the urge to take dahi baras to the next level.

Making dahi-gujiyas is very interesting, yet a painstaking procedure.
Using a lentil paste of a doughy consistencey and spreading it on a plastic sheet and filling with raisins, nuts and herbs. Then carefully frying them. Rest of the process is the same.

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However the itch to innovate dahi-baras to a yet newer level remained.

The idea to fuse waffles with dahi-baras came as a flash today, and just to check I am not being bizarre, I tested the idea with my son, who was busy watching a baseball match. Without much reaction, he responded almost automatically, “Yes, why not?”

So came the inception of Dahi bara waffles.

The batter is exactly the same, made from urad and moong lentils. The consistency also remains as thick as for the fried dumplings.

Still skeptical I poured the batter in waffle maker and let it cook till light brown.

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The waffle was then soaked in water for 5 minutes and extra water squeezed out.

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The waffle-bara was drizzled then with thick yogurt, chat masala, tamarind sauce and mint chutney.

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The sponge and consistency was amazing, and the taste was delicious.

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The taste was the same as a usual dahi baras, but experience of eating it as a waffle topped with yogurt & chutneys was very different.

I can envision this as a great hit in parties with individually served waffle-baras where people can add yoghurt, spices and sauces as per their taste. It can also be consumed as a crispy waffle with chutney by those who don\t fancy yogurt.

Now thinking where next to take the dahi bara journey to?
Suggestions & ideas are welcome. ❤