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Calendar launched to promote peace between India, Pakistan


A peace calendar was launched here on Sunday in order to improve existing frosty and tense relations between India and Pakistan.

The calendar was launched by Aaghaz-e-Dosti, which is an initiative launched by the India-based social outfit Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based non-profit organisation 'The Catalyst -TC', with an aim to build friendly relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

The launch was organised in collaboration with Indian Council for Talent Search and Competitions from India and SAMAAJ (Social Awareness Media and Art Junction) and SAWAN (South Asian Writers and Artists Network) from Pakistan.

The 'Calendar for Peace and Love' features paintings of children from both the counties selected through a competition.

This is the third edition of the calendar.

Founder of Mission Bhartiyam, Ravi Nitesh, said through this calendar they are trying to connect the people of the two countries for friendship and brotherhood.

"We organised a painting competition between the children of India and Pakistan. The best paintings were selected through social media and by artists of both the countries. Later the paintings were launched in a form of calendar," Nitesh said.

The calendar also features messages of renowned peace activists from both the counties. Every Pakistani painting has an Indian message and vice-versa.

Relations between the neighbours have been rocky ever since independence from Britain in 1947. They have fought three wars, two over the largely Muslim region of Kashmir.

Since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was elected last year, he has been trying to repair relations with India, which he sees as vital to kick starting Pakistan's sluggish economy.

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First Published: Mon, December 29 2014. 12:09 IST