Founding Charter

SAPAN is a coalition of individuals and representatives of various organisations joining hands for a minimum common agenda: Reclaiming South Asia. 

In doing so, we reiterate our commitment to take forward the principles and ideals of peace, justice, democracy and human rights articulated by visionaries like Dr Mubashir Hasan, Nikhil Chakravartty, Asma Jahangir, Nirmala Deshpande, Kuldip Nayar, Rajni Kothari among others –  a visa-free South Asia or confederation of nations with soft borders. A region in which each nation ensures quality education, justice, and freedom of expression and religion to its own citizens as well as support and solidarity to those of the other nations.

We aim to ‘reclaim South Asia’, to quote another of our mentors and visionaries, the late I.A. Rehman. 

We support the objectives of SAARC, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation: 

“To promote the welfare of the peoples of South Asia and to improve their quality of life; to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region and to provide all individuals the opportunity to live in dignity and to realize their full potential; to promote and strengthen collective self-reliance among the countries of South Asia; to contribute to mutual trust, understanding and appreciation of one another’s problems; to promote active collaboration and mutual assistance in the economic, social, cultural, technical and scientific fields; to strengthen cooperation with other developing countries; to strengthen cooperation among themselves in international forums on matters of common interests; and to cooperate with international and regional organizations with similar aims and purposes.”

The South Asia Peace Action Network therefore calls on the governments and peoples of South Asian nations to work towards:

  1. Instituting soft borders and visa-free South Asia, or visa-on-arrival, to allow freedom of trade and travel to each other’s citizens
  2. Ensure human rights and dignity for all their citizens including religious and ethnic minorities, women, children and other oppressed communities
  3. Cooperate in areas related to public health, culture and legal reform, education, environment, climate change, water issues, disarmament, de-militarisation and de-nuclearisation.


To endorse the Charter, please click this link.

To join SAPAN, please fill this form.

endorsing organisations 

  1. Aaghaz-e-Dosti
  2. Aman Ki Asha
  3. Asma Jahangir-AGHS Legal Aid Cell, and, Pakistan
  4. Coalition for Democratic India
  5. Pakistani Association of Greater Boston (PAGB)
  6. Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD)
  7. Boston South Asia Center
  8. South Asia Citizens Web (SACW)
  9. South Asia Partnership-Pakistan
  10. South Asia Women in Media (SAWM)
  11. The Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University
  12. Association of Pakistani Physicians of New England (APPNE)
  13. Resolv Education and Training Programs, USA

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Founder members 

  1. Amartya Sen, economist
  2. Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal, editor, activist
  3. Ammu Joseph, journalist
  4. Aekta Kapoor, editor, eShe magazine
  5. Aliya Rab, healer
  6. Baela Raza Jamil, educationist
  7. Beena Sarwar, journalist
  8. Devang Shah, lawyer
  9. Evita Das, urban researcher, PIPFPD
  10. Gurmehar Kaur, social-media activist
  11. Harsh Kapoor, SACW
  12. Kanak Mani Dixit, The Southasia Trust
  13. Karamat Ali, PILER
  14. Kavita Srivastava, PUCL
  15. Khushi Kabir, activist
  16. Jatin Desai, PIPFPD 
  17. Lalita Ramdas, activist
  18. Laxmi Murthy, archivist
  19. Marvi Sirmed, activist, columnist
  20. Munizae Jahangir,
  21. Mandira Nayar, journalist 
  22. Mahnaz Rehman, Aurat Foundation
  23. M. Tahseen, SAP-Pk
  24. Admiral Ramu Ramdas, former Indian Navy chief, Magsaysay awardee
  25. Raza Rumi, editor, Naya Daur
  26. Ravi Nitesh, Aaghaz-e-Dosti
  27. Rita Manchanda, SAHFR
  28. Rubina Saigol, psychologist, activist, Lahore
  29. Tapan Bose, PIPFPD, SAHFR 
  30. Salima Hashmi, artist, Lahore
  31. Samir Gupta, IT, activist, Delhi
  32. Dr Sandeep Panday, activist, Magsaysay awardee
  33. Sanjoy Hazarika, SAMDEN 
  34. Sheema Kermani, Tehrik-e-Niswan, Karachi
  35. Siraj Khan, President PAGB
  36. Shuja Uddin, screenwriter, Karachi/Austin
  37. Dr. Syeda Hameed, educationist, writer, former member of the Planning Commission of India
  38. Urvashi Butalia, writer, Delhi
  39. Umaima Ahmed, journalist, Lahore
  40. Vishal Sharma, researcher
  41. Vijayan M.J., PIPFPD
  42. Yousaf Shaikh, President APPNE
  43. Anis Haroon, human rights, peace and women’s rights activist, Karachi
  44. Dr Haroon Ahmed Syed, President, Pakistan Association of Mental Health
  45. Syed A. Rizvi, Past President, Federation of Aligarh Alumni Associations of North America
  46. Rahul Mukerji, management consultant
  47. Priyanka Singh, activist
  48. Neel Kamal, journalist, India
  49. Waqas Nasir, agrarian and researcher, Pakistan
  50. Shabnam Hashmi, social activist, India
  51. Gauhar Raza, social activist, India
  52. Shailaja Rao, educationalist, Dhanak for Humanity
  53. Ramnik Mohan, translator, India
  54. Monica Wahi, Children’s Film curator, Bombay


  1. Dr Adil Najam, Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
  2. Dr Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History/Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University
  3. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Department of History, Harvard University
  4. Tahir Ali, author “Muslim Vote Counts” – PR (PAGB, APPNE)
  5. Dr Shahidul Alam, photographer, Drik, Bangladesh 
  6. Dr Azra Raza, oncologist, author, New York
  7. Jean Dreze, economist, Ranchi, India
  8. Arif Hasan, town planner and architect, Karachi
  9. Kishwar Naheed, poet, Islamabad
  10. Kamla Bhasin, poet and activist, New Delhi
  11. Swarna Rajagopalan, researcher and peace educator
  12. Vasanth Pai, activist, Bengaluru
  13. Hamid S. Jafari, infectious diseases expert, Jordan
  14. Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, lawyer, Sri Lanka
  15. Lubna Panjwani, academician, Pakistan
  16. Inderjeet Singh, academician, India
  17. Shabnam Rashid, South Asia Partnership, Pakistan
  18. Ajmal Qureshi, Associate Harvard University Asia Center
  19. Rukhshanda Naz, Women’s Regional Network, Pakistan
  20. Najam Sethi, journalist, Pakistan
  21. Swati Sharan, Canada/India
  22. Krishna Kumari Upadhayaya, academician, Kathmandu University
  23. Sarita Bartaula, youth activist, Nepal

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