Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ummeed-e-Milaap – Youngsters Giving Peace a Chance

By......The Commoner (

Ummeed-e-Milaap is an initiative by IIT Bombay in partnership with LUMS-Spades, Lahore, AIESEC Karachi and FAST Karachi to unite the students of India and Pakistan by brushing aside mutual differences and voicing their opinion in a concerted effort that will ensure a peaceful tomorrow.

The partnership’s endeavour is to remove the existing misconceptions in the minds of young citizens of both countries and to build a future of harmony and partnership as it is these youngsters who are going to be the thought leaders and the model citizens responsible for the running of their respective countries in the not too distant future.

This initiative is a step towards uniting the rationale of the likeminded people in both India and Pakistan and driving both countries in a path of prosperity, security and strength.


“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, love and compassion, and the elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.”

…….The Dalai Lama

Highlights of the Ummeed-e-Milaap Initiatives Include:

 Indo-Pak Diary Campaign

A diary will be passing hands between India and Pakistan with messages written by students of each country to strengthen the chord of collective bonding and companionship that has weakened over the years but has not yet broken.

 Regular Interactions and Meetings

Regular interactions and collective activity in both countries with students and faculty visiting each other’s countries will be held at regular intervals that will aid in influencing young citizens positively and building the spirit of mutual respect. This will help in propagating the notion of peaceful coexistence as the way forward by inviting ideas that have the potential to be the future of the Indo-Pak peace process.

 Improve science, idea and technological exchange

These exchanges of scientific and technological knowhow and expertise will help build interdependency and nurture cooperation that will shepherd an environment of trust and faith amongst each other.

Challenges Ahead

Now, although this initiative is a noble and noteworthy effort taken by the students of both countries and the academia in general, the problem with peace however is that everyone wants it but not everyone is prepared to strive for it with their complete heart and soul.

Peace can only be achieved and maintained through continued efforts by the society as a whole, immense patience, and a steadfast resolve to see it to its lasting conclusion no matter what the roadblocks are and what impediments lay in its wake.

The Positives

Ummeed-e-Milaap is definitely a positive and constructive step in the right direction and holds great potential. It only requires us to come out in support of this initiative and be vociferous and benevolent in our approach.

Hubbrz’ Say

I The Commoner would like to express my complete support and backing for Ummeed-e-Milaap on behalf of Hubbrz and wholeheartedly appeal to all the Hubbizens to come out in support of it, as without peace, happiness is shallow and safety all but assured.

To all my friends from across the border, I congratulate them and would like to express my appreciation at the enthusiasm and commitment they have shown to Ummeed-e-Milaap. Kudos Guys! Well done.

So, like Obama rightly says, together we definitely can.

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