- Sarthak Pranit
Marketing manager, Bits Pilani K.K. Birla Goa campus
A true effort is required to see the commoner of Pakistan by Indians, unblemished by the media and the bitter history both the countries saw
The India-Pakistan is a war in the cold that has raised questions of its reasonableness many a times. Has our society been in the process of thought-moulding by the media since partition? Have our perceptions become limited to the Idiot box's "Sansani khulasa : Bomb blast mein pakistani ISI ka haath"? Do we really know the real Pakistani? Will the commoner across the border kill me the moment he knows about my nationality? These are questions we have rarely bothered to ask ourselves, much rarer have them answered. But, I don't think I would be wrong to say that political diplomacy has molded the common man's opinion in a style, derogatory to humanity itself. Such a damage to our thinking may be permanent if we don't question such ideas. My idea is to build up a cross border forum, something as simple as a Facebook page, where the common man will be able to express what he really feels about the neighbor and vice-versa. Knowing the original of the neighbor is the simplest way to clarify years of exaggerated hatred in our minds.