Bridging Partition: People's Initiatives for Peace between India and Pakistan
Smitu Kothari and Zia Mian with Kamla Bhasin, A H Nayyar and Mohammad Tahseen (Eds.)
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Over the past three decades, in the shadow of hostile nationalisms fuelled by radical Islamic and Hindu politics, military crises, a runaway arms race, nuclear weapons and war, an amazing set of civil society initiatives has been taking root in India and Pakistan. A citizens’ diplomacy movement embracing thousands of activists, scholars, business people and retired government officials has emerged in an unprecedented effort to build national and cross-border networks for peace and cooperation between the two countries. In these essays, leading scholars, activists and writers from India and Pakistan reflect on the political and personal impact of crossing the border, and exploring the possibilities and limits of this new movement in its quest to chart a path to peace between the two countries.

Smitu Kothari (1950-2009) was one of India’s leading scholar-activists. He was director of Lokayan, New Delhi, and co-editor of the Lokayan Bulletin, a journal of political, cultural and ecological struggles in South Asia. He founded Intercultural Resources, a forum for research and political intervention on the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. He was a visiting professor at Cornell University and at Princeton University.  

Zia Mian is a physicist from Pakistan at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, and a visiting fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. He has written extensively on nuclear weapons issues and is active in the South Asian and global peace movement. He teaches at Princeton University and has taught at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He is affiliated with the Eqbal Ahmad Foundation.

In 2001, Smitu Kothari and Zia Mian co-edited Out of the Nuclear Shadow, a collection of essays challenging the nuclearisation of India and Pakistan. 

Smitu Kothari and Zia Mian

Taking the lead
1. The Pakistan-India Peace Process
Mubashir Hasan
2. (Ad)ventures of Friendship
Sumanta Banerjee

Personal/Historical Journeys
3. People to People Contact
Kuldip Nayar
4. Reflecting Peace
Anand Patwardhan
5. Finding Roots and References in South Asia
I. A. Rehman
6. Diary from a Peace March
Sandeep Pandey and Sanat Mohanty
7. A Pakistani Looks at India
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Women, Education and Labour
8. A Quarter Century of Building Bridges
Kamla Bhasin
9. Women's Role in Building Peace
Beena Sarwar
10. Dismantling Prejudice: The Challenges for Education
Lalita Ramdas
11. A Troubled Peace
Jamila Verghese
12. South Asian Labour Initiatives for Peace, Development and Democracy
Karamat Ali and Amrita Chhachhi

13. Jottings by an Original Lahoran
Nirupama Dutt
14. India-Pakistan Relations in the Context of Cinema's Hindustan
Narendra Panjwani
15. Crossing Borders through the Performing Arts
Sheema Kermani
16. Changing Hearts through Theatre
Madeeha Gauhar
17. Changing the Paradigm
Shehryar Ahmad

Lessons, Limits and the Way Forward
18. Peace Initiatives
Asma Jahangir
19. Pakistan-India Interactions
Balraj Puri
20. Sustaining India-Pakistan Peace: Challenges for Civil Society and the Military
Laxminarayan Ramdas
21. Building a Nuclear Disarmament Movement: Learning Lessons since 1998
Achin Vanaik

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