A group of social activists from all over the world gather to utilize the social media platform to reduce the distances between India and Pakistan on the coming Independence days of August 14-15, 2012. This virtual event titled, “Celebrate Pakistan and India Independence Days for Peace, August 14-15, 2012”, has been receiving support from many Indians and Pakistanis.
The event has much greater implications than its first glimpse. It portrays the fact that it is a shared responsibility of each and every person from the two great nations, to raise their voice for the peace in the region. It might seem that clicking “join the event” on Facebook, is just like an another “like” or “share” people do more than a dozen times each day; however it does highlights that they are against wars between the two countries.
There are many different ways to participate in the event. Anyone can be a part of the event by dedicating a few moments on the independence days for the cause. “Light a candle, meditate, pray, fly a kite, cook a meal, make a piece of artwork or write a poem”, are a couple of ideas by which the event can be celebrated, as described on the Facebook page. The event is hosted by 19 peace activists from across the globe, who believe that peace is the only option for the prosperity in the region.
Current century can rightly be labeled as an era of social media revolution. Social media has given unlimited powers to a common man who can now use the platforms like Facebook and Twitter for events that course of history. The world witnessed a recent demonstration of this claim in the recent successful revolution of Egypt.
Social Media has also engraved itself in the Pakistani society. For instance, it has played a major role in denting the careers of many popular leading Television anchors. Many recent political moves have been facilitated by Facebook and Twitter. Hence, it is possible that social media can also play its role to shorten the distances and increase people-to-people contact in South Asia.
The idea of celebrating this virtual event is based on a successful event, “Pray for Peace between India and Pakistan Day”, which was an initiative by Swati Sharan from Toronto, Canada. More than 200,000 people joined for prayer for peace throughout the globe.
The event is being supported by many renowned projects and organizations including, Institute for Peace and Secular Studies, Aman ki Asha, Pakistan Youth Alliance, Confederation of Voluntary Alliances, Ummeed-e-Milaap, Indo-Pak Peace Media, Romancing the Border (i-Pakistan), Pedal for Peace and JPMS Peace Initiative (A project from the publisher of the Journal of Pakistan Medical Students). It is heartening to learn that organizations from both the countries are supporting the event.
The time has come when we should stop living in the past and seek a better future of our coming generations. Let us pray for peace in the region and join the event to play our part in prompting peace!
To participate and receive updates on the event, follow the link: http://on.fb.me/LcHOeU.