Aman Ki Asha : A historic blunder?


If you are one of those who dont know what this is, here is a short bio about this.
Aman Ki Asha : The Indo-Pak Peace project is an initiative by TOI and another Pak newspaper to connect the people of the two countries and make way for better relations.


But this is what their site says:

The two leading media houses of India and Pakistan – The Times of India and the Jang Group – have come together to develop a stronger Track 2 in the diplomatic and cultural relations between India and Pakistan. “Aman ki Asha: Destination Peace” looks beyond the confines of a 62-year-old political boundary to the primal bonds that tie together the two peoples.

The reaction to this has been mixed. While a lot of people have hailed this initiative, but some have been opposing it ( Check out a search on twitter ) coz they feel that talking with a hard ass like Pak is not going to solve the problem but only going to lead to another war, like it has happened historically.

Although, I do agree that it is a campaign by Times of India and Times of India has been involved in a lot of scams involving in selling their views on issues.I personally feel that its an amazing thing. And here is why I think so:

  1. We hate war: Hey lets admit it, we all hate war. War never does any good to anyone.
  2. We hate Hatred: Has it ever done us any good except giving us more wars
  3. We love each other: I have always believed that nobody is born bad. If we all are good inside then why not spend the energy in bringing our goodness outside rather than promoting hatred.
  4. We are not appeasing Pak: This is not about begging for peace. we are just asking the people on both sides of the border to think rationally and get a life.
  5. It is time we understand that their are a lot of things life that are more important that just fighting our neighbors.

India as a nation is looking at being a superpower power, it is time we start acting as one. How does it matter if a small country on our border hates us. Let them. I think we are strong enough to protect ourselves on our own. We are not begging Pak to stop their stupid terrorism through this initiative. We are just clearing our stand that we are not a small minded nation like Pak whose existence is based on hatred against India. It is time we take a step forward, as the big brother and reach out to the people of the other side.

Lets not act like kids quarreling over a toy, lets speak up for change, peace, prosperity and brotherhood between the two brother countries.

It is time that we reach out to the people who share the same blood as ours but still are different coz of sick politics of religion. It is time we realise that new countries can be created at the stroke of midnight but culture, heritage and languages grow over centuries.

What do you think about this? Is it good for us? or its just calling for another Kargil? Whatever be your thought, do leave your comments.

  • dibyabttb

    by alligning with an India bashing media agency Jang, the initiative lost its credibility even before it started

    • http://www.adityakumarnayak.com Aditya Kumar Nayak

      Hey, can you give some links to support that? Would really like to follow up on that.

  • Dibyasundar Nayak

    by alligning with an India bashing media agency Jang, the initiative lost its credibility even before it started

  • fpak

    This is how it should be : http://imgur.com/4qRxY.gif

    • http://www.adityakumarnayak.com Aditya Kumar Nayak

      Havent be doing this ever since Pak was created? Hatred hasnt got us anywhere has it?

  • fpak

    This is how it should be : http://imgur.com/4qRxY.gif

  • Aagan86

    u have just written what u have been trying to tell people for long.hope war maniacs read ur blog and hope peace prevails.

    • http://www.adityakumarnayak.com Aditya Kumar Nayak

      :) Thanks a lot.I hope so too. :)

  • Aagan86

    i also wanna say one thing.not everyone on the other side of the border hates us.there r people like us who stand for peace.but their voice is not heard!

  • Aagan86

    u have written what i have been trying 2 tell people for long.Loving my nation doesnt mean i will hate another!

  • Aditya Kumar Nayak

    Havent be doing this ever since Pak was created? Hatred hasnt got us anywhere has it?

  • Aditya Kumar Nayak

    Hey, can you give some links to support that? Would really like to follow up on that.

  • Aagan86

    u have just written what u have been trying to tell people for long.hope war maniacs read ur blog and hope peace prevails.

  • Aagan86

    i also wanna say one thing.not everyone on the other side of the border hates us.there r people like us who stand for peace.but their voice is not heard!

  • Aagan86

    u have written what i have been trying 2 tell people for long.Loving my nation doesnt mean i will hate another!

  • Aditya Kumar Nayak

    :) Thanks a lot.I hope so too. :)

  • http://twitter.com/nikhilneema10 NikhilNeema

    Truly said hatred would not take us too far….itz time to behave like a big brother…spread brotherhood…
    but but but..hold on…haven’t we lost too much on this humanity and peace…latest case PUNE blast (to remind you)..what’s your take on it ??

    • http://www.adityakumarnayak.com Aditya Kumar Nayak

      In case of a war, Pak has nothing to loose. They are a mess already. We would be the losers even if we win the war. Peace is essential for our growth. We are as it is set to miss our target for Vision India 2020 and are still 10 years behind China. Therefore, If I want peace its only coz We need it more than anyone else at this moment. It is very crucial for our economic growth, and hopefully our PM too understand this.

      As for the Pune blasts. I feel the primary reason was our failure to defend ourselves. But at the same time, I do agree that offense is the best defense so, to prevent terrorism the most efficient option would be to deal with root of the problem directly i.e. Pak but we cant afford that right now.

      But what we can definitely do now is to have a better security mechanism which prevents any such incidents.

      Over to you Nikhil

  • nikhilneema

    Truly said hatred would not take us too far….itz time to behave like a big brother…spread brotherhood…
    but but but..hold on…haven't we lost too much on this humanity and peace…latest case PUNE blast (to remind you)..what's your take on it ??

  • http://twitter.com/mk44214 Murali Krishna

    Every one who has a view in support of peace or against with Pakistan has more than enough reasons to do it. Here are a few point that I feel should be good enough reasons to find peace with Pakistan…
    a. Pakistan is our neighbour whether we like it not… it does not matter… its a fact. Now, we have to decide what kind of relation we want.
    b. Enough has happened the past 63 years to convince us that having a hostile neighbour is only harmful for us.
    c. Even if we have a war and defeat Pakistan, what’s going to happen, we will have a more pissed off neighbour.
    d. And i dont believe that the entire Pakistan is against India. Agreed there are factions there, as there are factions here that totally hate each other.. but rest of us.. would like to live with a peaceful neighbour.
    e. We need be best friends, we need not be friends at all, if it does not suit us. However, lets not be enemies.

    Again, all of the above are my personal opinions.. ones that I am living by and would continue to live by.

    • http://twitter.com/mk44214 Murali Krishna

      An interesting article that I came across today…http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/amankiasharticleshow/5571677.cms

      • http://www.adityakumarnayak.com Aditya Kumar Nayak

        Nice Read. Thanks a lot for sharing.
        This kinda of exchange is what can definitely be done and in fact, I guess TOI has even started it.

  • Aditya Kumar Nayak

    In case of a war, Pak has nothing to loose. They are a mess already. We would be the losers even if we win the war. Peace is essential for our growth. We are as it is set to miss our target for Vision India 2020 and are still 10 years behind China. Therefore, If I want peace its only coz We need it more than anyone else at this moment. It is very crucial for our economic growth, and hopefully our PM too understand this.

    As for the Pune blasts. I feel the primary reason was our failure to defend ourselves. But at the same time, I do agree that offense is the best defense so, to prevent terrorism the most efficient option would be to deal with root of the problem directly i.e. Pak but we cant afford that right now.

    But what we can definitely do now is to have a better security mechanism which prevents any such incidents.

    Over to you Nikhil

  • Murali Krishna

    Every one who has a view in support of peace or against with Pakistan has more than enough reasons to do it. Here are a few point that I feel should be good enough reasons to find peace with Pakistan…
    a. Pakistan is our neighbour whether we like it not… it does not matter… its a fact. Now, we have to decide what kind of relation we want.
    b. Enough has happened the past 63 years to convince us that having a hostile neighbour is only harmful for us.
    c. Even if we have a war and defeat Pakistan, what's going to happen, we will have a more pissed off neighbour.
    d. And i dont believe that the entire Pakistan is against India. Agreed there are factions there, as there are factions here that totally hate each other.. but rest of us.. would like to live with a peaceful neighbour.
    e. We need be best friends, we need not be friends at all, if it does not suit us. However, lets not be enemies.

    Again, all of the above are my personal opinions.. ones that I am living by and would continue to live by.

  • http://schogini.in/ Gayatri

    Personally I don’t like wars & the resultant unnecessary blood shed but, how long are we to have a one sided peace policy? This is the result of every peace talk with Pak – Pak promises peace, uprooting terrorism on their land etc; India happy with the promise comes bak – soon an attack happens – and where is the orgin? Pak! India goes crying to the US – China backs Pak and we are back to square one!

    You are right – we need to strengthen security but, always the attacker has the advantage.

    No pain, no gain – if for the greater good – for future peace of mind – once and for all just get it over with!

    This is again a personal view – and I do not live by this – but, its total frustration & fear that speaks.

    • http://www.adityakumarnayak.com Aditya Kumar Nayak

      Fear makes us all do crazy things. Lets take a moment and think this rationally.

      If lets say we were to have a war, it just would never be able to be fast and complete. Or, like a one time thing. Coz, We both have nukes and in case of a conventional war, India is most likely to win. And when there will be nothing for Pak to loose, it is most likely to nuke all over India.

      This likely scenario just defeats the purpose of a final solution.

      • http://schogini.in/ Gayatri

        Fear does make us irrational. Point noted. So, a quick question:
        How do you negotiate peace when only one side is truly interested?

        We have been going around in circles for many many years now – peace talks, peace trains, peace news columns – and in the meantime India has lost a lot of innocent people. So effectively, the idea of “peace talks” is costing us a similar amount of lives – I agree not all together but, in scattered incidents.

        So, the solution of war is out of question and the solution of “peace talks” is stale and, frankly speaking, ridiculous.

        Does anyone have any other bright solutions? Or are we going to loose lives either way?

        • http://www.adityakumarnayak.com Aditya Kumar Nayak

          I dont really have a radically different solution. I just feel that we dont have to bent down before Pak to usher in peace. I would rather want to just see India declare its stand against war and welcome any peaceful initiative by Pak if it takes any. and nothing more.

          India should just focus on strengthening our defense mechanism and on other more important problems that face us.

  • gayatrisa

    Personally I don't like wars & the resultant unnecessary blood shed but, how long are we to have a one sided peace policy? This is the result of every peace talk with Pak – Pak promises peace, uprooting terrorism on their land etc; India happy with the promise comes bak – soon an attack happens – and where is the orgin? Pak! India goes crying to the US – China backs Pak and we are back to square one!

    You are right – we need to strengthen security but, always the attacker has the advantage.

    No pain, no gain – if for the greater good – for future peace of mind – once and for all just get it over with!

    This is again a personal view – and I do not live by this – but, its total frustration & fear that speaks.

  • Aditya Kumar Nayak

    Fear makes us all do crazy things. Lets take a moment and think this rationally.

    If lets say we were to have a war, it just would never be able to be fast and complete. Or, like a one time thing. Coz, We both have nukes and in case of a conventional war, India is most likely to win. And when there will be nothing for Pak to loose, it is most likely to nuke all over India.

    This likely scenario just defeats the purpose of a final solution.

  • Gayatri

    Fear does make us irrational. Point noted. So, a quick question:
    How do you negotiate peace when only one side is truly interested?

    We have been going around in circles for many many years now – peace talks, peace trains, peace news columns – and in the meantime India has lost a lot of innocent people. So effectively, the idea of "peace talks" is costing us a similar amount of lives – I agree not all together but, in scattered incidents.

    So, the solution of war is out of question and the solution of "peace talks" is stale and, frankly speaking, ridiculous.

    Does anyone have any other bright solutions? Or are we going to loose lives either way?

  • Aditya Kumar Nayak

    I dont really have a radically different solution. I just feel that we dont have to bent down before Pak to usher in peace. I would rather want to just see India declare its stand against war and welcome any peaceful initiative by Pak if it takes any. and nothing more.

    India should just focus on strengthening our defense mechanism and on other more important problems that face us.

  • Murali Krishna

    An interesting article that I came across today…http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/amankiasharticleshow/5571677.cms

  • Aditya Kumar Nayak

    Nice Read. Thanks a lot for sharing.
    This kinda of exchange is what can definitely be done and in fact, I guess TOI has even started it.