Peace in Southasia beyond ideological barriers
We are a coalition of peace activists and organisations working towards freedom of trade, travel and tourism in the region, people-to-people contact especially between India and Pakistan, and for soft borders or visa on arrival for Southasians in each other’s countries, carrying forward the vision of mentors and leaders like Nirmala Didi Deshpande, Dr Mubashir Hasan, Kuldip Nayar, I.A. Rehman, Nikhil Chakravartty, Asma Jahangir, Rajni Kothari, Eqbal Ahmad and others.
NOTE: Writing Sapan like this rather than all caps makes it a word which means ‘dream’. And, borrowing from Himal Southasian, we use ‘Southasia’ as one word, “seeking to restore some of the historical unity of our common living space, without wishing any violence on the existing nation states”.
- My uncle’s death of ‘cardiac arrest’ in Qatar made worker abuse personal for me: Why I am boycotting the FIFA World Cup this yearA soccer-mad Nepali American physician shares his story to provide some perspective on the controversy surrounding the FIFA World Cup in Qatar
- ‘Dialogue and relationship-building needed to heal the wounds of Partition and build peace in the region’Urvashi Butalia writes about a recent talk by Dr Vinod Mubayi on possibilities for the future in Southasia. The past 75 years show that despite tensions at the state level, the common people of the region and in the diaspora easily establish friendships and bonds with each other whenever they get an opportunity. Enabling such meetings is important if we are to move forward.
- Opinion / India: A tale of two pardonsWhat is the difference between the release of convicts in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case and those convicted in the Bilkis Bano case?
- Lessons from journalism, tai chi, and lifeIn May this year, journalist and filmmaker Beena Sarwar, founder-curator of Southasia Peace Action Network, was invited to give the keynote speech at Harvard University’s inaugural AAPI/APIDA affinity graduation celebration.
- Event, Nov 27- Beyond Partitions: Shared Histories, Ways ForwardBeyond Partitions: Shared histories, Ways forward — Sapan’s event on 27 November features a conversation with three writers discussing their compelling narratives
- Streets for Life II: World Day of Remembrance for Road VictimsTaking forward from our May 2022 event ‘Streets for Life’ to raise awareness about road safety in Southasia, Sapan will mark the UN World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims by holding Twitter Spaces on 17 November and a Zoom meeting on 18 November. Register here.
- From the Philippines to Dubai and beyond, a groundbreaking platform for educators provides new ways to collaborateA three-year-old Asian storytelling competition for teachers illustrates how education, like medicine, transcends borders and religious divides.
- Why Rishi Sunak is of ‘South Asian’ rather than ‘Indian’ originThere is failure and unwillingness to understand that India after 1947 does not encompass India before 1947. The intelligentsia of the Republic is hesitant to consider the utility of “South Asia”.
- Sapan Film Club: Bani Singh’s award-winning documentary ‘Taangh’ – register to watch freeSapan invites you to an exclusive film screening of award-winning documentary Taangh / Longing on 18-20 November, 2022, followed by a Zoom meeting with the filmmaker Bani Singh.
“There is a need for connection among countries in South Asia. We must create economic and healthcare closeness across the region”Dr. Amartya Sen,
Nobel Laureate in Economics
“We will use whatever it takes – singing, poetry, literature, art, love. We will keep taking forward our fight for peace. I don’t think giving up is an option”Beena Sarwar,
Founder and Curator, Sapan
“Covid is a reminder that South Asian cooperation must go beyond SAARC meetings”Kanak Mani Dixit, Founding Editor, Himal Southasian
“Peace is the way, Peace is too precious to be left to the whims and fancies of leaders and governments, and we the people are reclaiming it”Lalita Ramdas, Founder, Greenpeace India
To fight injustice, ensure rights, bring peace to the excluded and marginalized people of South Asia. Building collective responses and creating our own Sapan is the only option.Khushi Kabir, Coordinator,
One Billion Rising, Bangladesh
“Our future cannot be held hostage to the past. We have to form an alternative trajectory for our combined futures”Raza Rumi,
Founder, Naya Daur Media