Dikshant conducts workshop on ‘INDIA-PAKISTAN : Scripting a New Future

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MUMBAI BASED CHINTAN MODI, FOUNDER OF ‘FRIENDSHIP ACROSS BORDERS’ DELIVERS TALK AT DIKSHANT

CHINTAN MODI-FOUNDER OF FRIENDSHIP ACROSS BORDERS, DELIVERS TALK IN DIKSHANT, SAYS HIS ONLINE PETITION AGAINST WAR GETTING SIGNATURES FROM BOTH INDIANS & PAKISTANIS

NewZNew (Zirakpur) : Mumbai based writer, educator and peace builder, Chintan Girish Modi, conducted a workshop with the students of Dikshant International School on the topic ‘India-Pakistan: Scripting a New Future’. Modi, is also the founder of  Friendships Across Borders: Aao Dosti Karein — an initiative that uses the power of storytelling and social media to foster cross-border friendships and transform hostility into hope.

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Around 50 students of Grade IX to XII participated in the workshop in which they shared their own stories about the Partition, read the views of Ziyad Faisal, a Pakistan-based writer and wrote back to him. Students watched a number of video clippings appealing for peace and made up their minds to sign a petition urging the leaders of both countries to come up with creative diplomatic solutions instead of engaging in a violent display of military might. It is noteworthy that Chintan has recently launched an online petition – ‘Indian & Pakistani citizens speak against war’ which has already been signed by 4500 citizens –both Indians & Pakistanis.  The same has also been tweeted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Chintan.

“I conducted this workshop right amidst the political tensions between India and Pakistan to give students a chance to participate in a dialogue that directly concerns their future. It would be unfortunate if they had to pay the price for a conflict they have inherited from their parents and grandparents. It is time to stay clear-headed instead of being swayed by jingoistic rhetoric, and to build a culture of peace and non-violence in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” Said Chintan. The workshop generated a lot of interest as it enabled the students to articulate their own vision for re-scripting the future of India-Pakistan relations. “The workshop will create a space for students to think creatively, critically and compassionately about the information they consume in relation to a country that is seen as both neighbour and enemy.” Said Mitul Dikshit, Chairman, Dikshant Group of Schools, Zirakpur.

Chintan has conducted interactive, arts-based peace education workshops with students in Mumbai, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pondicherry, Lucknow, Panchgani, Lahore, and Islamabad, among other cities.