The book was released in a virtual event on Saturday.
The book is a collection of articles by intellectuals, political and social activists from India and Pakistan discussing strategies for improving Indo-Pak relations. It has been conceived and edited by OP Shah, chairman, Centre for Peace and Progress. The aim of this book is to deepen mutual understanding of the different points of view in India and Pakistan and to speed up the process of dialogue, which is an important tool for bridging the trust deficit between the neighbouring countries.
As we approach the 75th anniversary of independence of India and Pakistan, it is important to take stock of Indo-Pak relations. The Centre for Peace and Progress, have over the last 30 years organized several dialogues on improving Indo-Pak relations with the purpose of bridging the gaps between the two neighbours that share a land border. We believe that it is critical that civil society in India and Pakistan takes the lead in progressing the peace talks between the two countries, to resolve our mutual differences, in addition to the efforts made by our two governments, said OP Shah.
“As we are going through the worst of times, peace is vital”, said Jaswant Sinha.
“As government come and go but nation stays and everyone should play its part in restoring peace so that the citizen both the countries could see each other frequently and contributing in twin nation building”, said Farooq Abdullah
Former Union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, former MP Balbir Punj, Sudheendra Kulkarni, ex diplomat Abdul Basit, ex governor Tathagata Roy and many more dignitaries stressed the need for easing of relations and pursuing for peace so that both countries could progress further.