Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA)
www.asiapeace.org & www.indiapakistanpeace.org
4410 Verda Lane NE , Keizer , OR 97303
INDIA-PAKISTAN PEACE DAY 2007
In 2004, the Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA) started India-Pakistan’s Peace Day. Now, we are ready to launch this campaign for the year 2007.
The 2007 campaign will consist of the following two components:
1. Apology to the Victims of the 1947 Partition-related Violence
2. “39 Days of Peace” calendar
The Partition of British India in 1947 was perhaps the darkest period in the history of South Asia.
In the frenzy of communal violence, one-half to one million individuals lost their lives. Most were massacred. Many women committed suicide to protect what they considered their honor, or due to the shame of their dishonor. About 15 million people were forced to leave their homes Countless people could not withstand the hardships of the migration. They either succumbed to their miseries, or were marginalized in their new abodes, and could not regain their pre-Partition economic and social standing. Tragically, no one has so far accepted responsibility for these heinous crimes against humanity. No one has been prosecuted for these barbaric acts. The least we can do is to empathize with, and apologize to, the victims and their families. Therefore, we invite you to join us in this long-overdue effort by signing our Petition of Apology.
2. 39 Days of Peace calendar
Some people believe, and we agree that we create our own reality through our thoughts, words, and actions. And when we are united in a common, deeply-felt purpose, the power to create positive change is increased many times.
Therefore, on our website indiapakistanpeace.org we have prepared for your use 39 affirmative statements, one for each day between August 14 and September 21. You are welcome to modify them if you wish.
We are confident that when all of us affirm each day’s words, we will help create a consciousness of peace that blesses us all, including the people in and from India and Pakistan. Also, it would help us foster a culture of peace rather than just focusing on conflict-resolution and anti-war work.
We urge you to join us in promoting peace within us and in the world around us by saying aloud the affirmative statements of peace and harmony.
Please send us announcements and reports of your celebrations of India-Pakistan Peace Day 2007. We will post them on our website www.indiapakistanpeace.org
Do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any question, comment, or suggestion
Pritam K. Rohila, Ph.D.
September 2005 Project