I have been active with Peace groups for a while–or at least one major one. And I am one of those who HAVE been back and forth a lot. My grandfather never migrated; most of my father’s family is “across the line”. I work with people in activist groups from all over.
But the “One State Solution” for South Asia seems to me to be …well … not what we should be talking about. First let’s try to live in peace as separate countries and, even more importantly, as separate communities in each country. Then we can talk about coming together as one. Besides, South Asia is way too large to manage as one country. It’s got more diversity and more people than all of Europe.
And in terms of peace, with my background, I don’t even feel the need to join groups just to “get to know” the “other side” or “build goodwill”. I think just people interacting with each other does that. I think we should just encourage people to visit. Have you? Have others on the blog? Just do it. Get out there and meet, build relationships, share poetry, talk, share dirty jokes. We’re more alike than Germans and Austrians, when you get down to it.
The priority, to me, should be trying to make sure that our people get a better deal out of the nation-states they are part of–whether it is one nation-state or 21 nation-states is not as important.
Sabahat Ashraf, Pakistani ‘national’.