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When CBMs become a public initiative

IT?S NOT always on a political plain. In a unique public initiative to bring India and Pakistan together and walk hand-in-hand on the road of progress and understanding, Confidence Building Measures between India and Pakistan (CBM IP) was formed. It is an effort of the people living in New Delhi, Kanpur, Karachi and Lahore.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 00:31 IST

IT’S NOT always on a political plain. In a unique public initiative to bring India and Pakistan together and walk hand-in-hand on the road of progress and understanding, Confidence Building Measures between India and Pakistan (CBM IP) was formed. It is an effort of the people living in New Delhi, Kanpur, Karachi and Lahore.

Talking about the measures, a peace activist and a core member of the initiative Sailesh Dev said, “The people who have crossed the border and been to the other side and vice-versa are testimony to the fact that the culture, society and problems are similar, therefore, remedies would be common”, he added.

Members feel that there’s a reason to learn and respect each other and celebrate the existing diversity, he said. The movement of the people from one side to another becomes smooth and exchange of ideas and learning in the fields like agriculture and education take place like never before, he said. This would boost mutual trust between the two governments and the people, he added.

The Indian volunteers appealed to the Government of India to consider transferring Railway Infrastructure and technology know-how primarily because Pakistan Railways is presently in a shambles and India has excelled, he said.

Secondly, a confidence building exercise between India and Bangladesh is also planned to foster harmonious and progressive ties with civil population of India and Bangladesh, he revealed.

Thirdly, an exchange programme between students and teachers of both countries leading to meaningful conclave of innovation and creativity would also be held. Seminars and workshops under the programme would be promoted, he added.

Dev, who is from Kanpur, said this was the first civil initiative between India and Pakistan. He further said the main aim was to bring culture and people together.