Tensions between India and Pakistan played a significant role at the latest UN General Assembly, according to Muhammad Ittefaq.
Some have called it “dargah diplomacy”; you could also describe it as the trans-border politics of pilgrimage. By whatever name it goes, the welcome emphasis on “religious tourism” is one of the more interesting features of renewed engagement between India and Pakistan.
The healing touch provided by the feel-good diplomacy for the return of Geeta from Pakistan has evaporated with the cancellation of the Delhi concert by Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali. While the Ministry of External Affairs refuses to acknowledge any setback to India-Pakistan people-to-people relationship, the Pakistani civil society figures think otherwise.
Pakistan and India have been commemorating the 1965 war. Their governments and intelligentsia would do well to reflect on its baleful consequences on travel, cultural exchange and trade between them. Both countries were overwhelmed with bitterness.
The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP), in collaboration with Routes2Roots (R2R), an Indian non-profit organisation working for peace and dialogue between Pakistan and India, has successfully completed the 18-month project Exchange for Change: Pakistan India 2013 - 2015.
India deploys its ambassadors to speak to domestic audiences about hot-button issues.
Users started a heated hashtag battle after Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across the Kashmir Line of Control (LoC). The recent violence forced tens of thousands of villagers from both sides of the LoC to flee their homes and has resulted in at least 14 civilian casualties.
In this video, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project Richard Wike discusses the mutual perceptions between the Indian and U.S. publics. He concludes that these perceptions are generally positive and elaborates on Pakistan’s role in the relationship.