Peace in South Asia 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 South Asians 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.
- Event, Oct 31: Can South Asia combat the climate crisis?South Asia Peace Action Network (Sapan) is organising a brainstorming discussion online around the climate crisis in South Asia and how the region can come together to solve these pressing issues. The event coincides with the United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP26 scheduled to be held in Glasgow betweenContinue reading “Event, Oct 31: Can South Asia combat the climate crisis?”
- Call for entries: Essays on the climate crisis in South AsiaSouth Asia Peace Action Network (Sapan) is inviting articles on various angles of the climate crisis in South Asia. Deadline: 25th October.
- Curtain raiser: Women step up for peace in South AsiaNandita Das, Salima Hashmi, Leslee Udwin are among a lineup of eminent speakers from over a dozen countries at an upcoming virtual women’s summit organised by South Asia Union and eShe magazine
- Commemorating ‘the second 9/11’ and the way aheadProminent academic Noam Chomsky has urged the United States and India to engage with the Taliban, work towards overcoming differences with other regional powers, and help the Afghan people rather than blocking ”the best of the options that are available”.
- Uproar in Pakistan against proposed media legislationThere is an uproar in Pakistan about a controversial new media regulatory body termed as an “ill-conceived, dictatorial concept” being pushed through by the Ministry of Information.
- Event, 26 Sept: 20 years after 9/11: Impact on South Asia, and South AsiansOur upcoming Sapan monthly webinar marks 20 years since the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US.
- Remembering Hal Gould, a friend of South AsiaHal Gould suffered a stroke at the end of May this year. On July 2, 2021, he passed away peacefully at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, aged 95.
- Resolution: Rights of the incarcerated in South AsiaThis Resolution draws on a long list of international, regional, and local documents and reports to obtain a fuller picture of the situation in South Asian prisons.
- Uphold the rights of the incarcerated in South Asia, say human-rights advocatesThe justice system in South Asia needs an overhaul and the rights of the incarcerated should be upheld, said legal experts and human-rights activists at a Sapan webinar.
“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