Peace! Ten Things India and Pakistan Have in Common
What India and Pakistan share in common
NEW DELHI: Tensions soar between India and Pakistan with increasingly frequent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control, ahead of Indian Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar’s visit to Islamabad. At this crucial juncture -- when the platform for dialogue is accompanied by firing guns -- it is important to reiterate that despite the political rhetoric, the two nations share much in common.
This commonality emerges in a shared history that culminated in an independence movement, which in turn, brought the two countries freedom in 1947. Indians and Pakistanis, today, share cultural values, cuisine, language, dress, names, music, and much, much more.
The Citizen believes as an editorial policy that there is no alternative to peace between India and Pakistan, and hence in South Asia. And that it is a question of looking at the glass of peace as half full or half empty. Those who look upon the glass as half empty look to war as a solution. Those who see it as half full realise the importance of work on peace as an ideology, and filling the rest of the glass drop by drop.
Here is a look at ten things that the people of the two countries share.
1. India and Pakistan share the same religion
Young boys playing cricket in India
Young boys playing cricket in Pakistan
2. India and Pakistan are perhaps two of the most beautiful countries in the world
The Kanchenjunga in India
Nanga Parbat in Pakistan
Andaman & Nicobar islands, India
Clifton Beach In Karachi City Pakistan
Thar desert, India and Pakistan
3. India and Pakistan share a magnificent history
The Taj Mahal, Agra, India from the Mughal empire era, commissioned in 1632.
The Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan from the Mughal empire era, commissioned in 1671.
Ruins from the Harappa civilization that extended from Balochistan to Gujarat and from the east of the river Jhelum to Rupar. The Harappa or Indus Valley civilization is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, dating to the Bronze Age (3300-1300 BCE).
4. We look the same
Indian or Pakistani?
5. The FOOD
Kebabs being prepared at Karim's Restaurant, Delhi, India
Kebabs being prepared at Waheed Kebab House, Karachi
6. The Music
Qawali at Dargah Salim Chisti at Fatehpur Sikri, India
Qawali at Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya, Multan, Pakistan
7. India and Pakistan share the same passion
Posters for Pakistani film “Khuda Kay Liye” at a movie theatre in Delhi, India
Posters at a movie theatre in Peshawar, Pakistan
8. Indians and Pakistanis truly understand the meaning of chaos, and noise, and crowds, and disorder, and … you get the drift.
A traffic jam in India
A traffic jam in Karachi, Pakistan
9. The clothes
A group of women dressed in traditional wear in Haryana, India
Pakistani women in traditional wear
10. Despite the political rhetoric (and the fact that this need not apply to India-Pakistan cricket matches), the people of the two countries share the same want.
Friends forever, indeed.