Pakistani peace activist Beena Sarwar has put a fresh profile picture on social networking site Facebook holding her handwritten message close to her face which reads: ‘Dear Leaders, don’t let the acts of a few violent men write the future of many people like me, who want peace. #Kill terrorism not talks #Keep talking #Profile for peace.’
Doing so she has also sent an urgent appeal to others to profile for peace, saying, ‘Dear friends, don’t just like and share - change your display picture (DP) for peace. Grab a marker and piece of paper, write your message and take the photo. No time to lose.’
Sarwar also adds, ‘Thanks Ram Subramanian for kicking this off new Profile for Peace initiative to get India and Pakistan governments to continue talks and not give in to war mongering/sabre rattling after the Pathankot attack.’
Subramanian has also taken the ‘Profile for Peace’ campaign to microblogging site Twitter saying: “Do join in if u believe in love and peace coz this is the only situation, war is not.” He further says: “To participate in this campaign, write a similar message on a post-it or a piece of paper, take your selfie with it and make it your profile picture. Add the two hash-tags in the description. Make it your twitter profile pic and tweet it to Narendra Modi so that our leaders listen to us!”
There seem to be quite a few from India and Pakistan as the campaign has taken off well. Devang Shah of Nagpur says on Facebook: “Making peace is a thousand times difficult than war. Post Pathankot attack, it is even more important to have the foreign secretary talks between India and Pakistan.”
Shobha Dawani Rajpal from California puts her profile picture with that of her young son and his friends saying: “Dear leaders of India and Pakistan let there be peace for our kids” She adds a caption: “Our son Saras (Pakistani-American parents) and his best pals Rohil and Ahaan (Indian-American parents)... they know no politics nor boundaries and I hope they never do!”
The selfie campaign is flourishing on Twitter too with people trying to reach out for peace.