Vol. 5 Num 191 Mon. December 06, 2004  
Letters to Editor

An appeal for peace in South Asia

If we review the past from 1947 to date we shall find that there cannot be any permanent peace and stability in the South Asian region, including Afghanistan without Hindu-Muslim amity.

The only way to such Hindu-Muslim amity towards natural peace and stability in the region is to bring the entire region under one Union of the South Asian Nations (including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) allowing free movement and business facilities with common currency and finance, defence, and foreign policy. Above all there can also be an effective Parliament of the Union especially aiding and advising in respect of the Union's common currency and finance, defence, and foreign policy matters.

The mistakes of the notable politicians of the region in 1947 gave birth to deeper Hindu-Muslim rifts; regional economic disparity; and massive unemployment etc. As such, an unnatural political divide cannot usher peace and happiness in the region. This is an appeal to the major political leaders of the region to consider the matter with all possible high seriousness.

Honourable politicians of the region, you have been running the show of the legacy you got. But you can improve the situation towards friendship, peace and stability through unity and discipline between the Hindus and the Muslims of the region.