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Priceless Anniversary of Peace Journey - A Moment to Cherish !!! Let us make Borders meaningless..

Cape of Good hope , Columbus , Emotional re unions ,

Priceless Anniversary of Peace Journey:

Strange !! But True !!

In Today’s world of extremism and Terrorism at Peak , we also have CAPES OF GOOD HOPES in the so called journey “IN SEARCH OF PEACE ”

The Columbus Team for this expedition is, both the Prime minister and president of INDIA – PAKISTAN. ( The decades long ARC RIVALS )

Yes. To day is the successful First Anniversary of the coveted Peace bus flagged off between Kashmirs from both sides of the border.

PEACE BUS:
The "peace bus" connecting the two parts of Kashmir, which completed a year on Friday, has emerged as a key link between divided families and a major confidence-building measure in the peace process between India and Pakistan.

GETTING BACK THE LONG - LOST RELATIVES: !!!

Since the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service was flagged off by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from here April 7, 2005, it has helped 710 Kashmiris from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) to happily re-establish contacts with long-lost relatives.

Emotional re unions:

A total of 365 Kashmiris travelled on the bus from the Indian side to meet their kin in Pakistan-administered Kashmir while 345 people from Muzaffarabad and other parts of Pakistani Kashmir had emotional reunions with their relatives in Jammu and Kashmir.

The service succeeded despite warnings from separatist guerrillas that they would target the bus as well as those who chose to travel on it.

Steadfastness and perseverance:
The guerrillas even carried out an audacious strike in Srinagar a day ahead of its launch last year but this did not deter the travellers.

"It was because of the threats that elaborate security arrangements have to be made each time the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus undertakes its journey," said a police officer.

The service of the "Karwan-e-Aman" (Caravan of Peace) remained suspended for nearly three months in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit both the Pakistani and Indian Kashmir in October 2005, but it resumed once the roads and a crucial bridge on the LoC were repaired.


Peace lovers :
Despite a stream of Hurdles coupled with administrative difficulties, this anniversary indicates the will power of the people who supported by traveling in this service without which it would not have been possible.

This shows that Common people are peace lovers !!! It is only Leaders who think otherwise.

Plan for the future:
Similar initiatives are needed across all the so called sensitive borders to cook peace and the Recipe is simple: Leave it to the Locals to handle, who will do a good job since they are the peace lovers – Leaders, Please keep clear the way !!

C.EASHWER
SINGAPORE
eashwer@pacific.net.sg
Published: 2006-04-07
Author: Chockalingam Eswaramurthi

About the author or the publisher
Iam a Professional writer dedicated to sharing the knowledge on topics of Public interest, be it Management , Leadership , Social service , World Politics , Personalities , Industries , Health , Computers , Policy making , Governments , Book review etc., Iam from Singapore . My e mail id is : eashwer@pacific.net.sg

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