Call for peace in South Asia

At a time when Indian and Pakistani troops are firing at each other across the Line Of Control (LoC), the organisers of a South Asia Peoples Conference in Kolkata are suggesting “more people-to-people contact and alliance of democratic movements” across the borders. The people’s conference — to be held in Kolkata on 16-18th October — is hosted by a forum for sub-continental peace and harmony, Bharat Bangladesh Pakistan Peoples Forum (BBPPF) and expected to witness representation from various South Asian countries. The organisers said it is “important” for the democratic groups of the forum to “come together” for long lasting peace in the region.

The people’s conference is part of the centenary celebrations of the first Indian government in exile in 1915 called Arzi-e Huqumat-e Azad Hind. Raja Mahendra Pratap was its president and Maulana Barkatullah was its rime minister. Later in 1943, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose revived it as he raised the Indian National Army (INA) to drive the British away from India.

The South Asian Peoples Convention in Kolkata is expected to bring together representatives of at least 200 pro-democracy and anti-fundamentalist organisations in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan together, a BBPPF press statement said.

Representatives from Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Myanmar are also expected to join.

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