Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) is organising Aman Dosti, a ‘Best of Luck’ campaign for both Indian and Pakistani teams in a very unique way before the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India.
The relationship of both the South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan have been mostly hostile since their independence. The bilateral sporting ties have suffered a major setback especially in recent years. After many years a Pakistani sports team is visiting India for the Hockey World Cup. PIPFPD an organisation which has always believed in peaceful relationship between the two countries and is working towards building a better relation between the people of India and Pakistan, wants to also engage sport and art as a tool in fostering peace making.
The idea behind this initiative is to involve children and engage them to ‘think peace’ and love their neighbours so that when they grow up they can succeed where generations before them failed for more than 70 years. Sports and art can be the best tools to involve children in peace making since both are universal language. Hockey is a popular sport in both countries and the game has given both India and Pakistan their first recognition in a global sport arena.
PIPFPD also plans to organise various other programmes around the World Cup.
The competition has three simple steps:
- Create a best of luck message for 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup with artwork for :
- Team India if you are Pakistani / Pakistani origin
- Team Pakistan if you are Indian / Indian origin
- Children who have both Pakistani and Indian origin can support anyone of the team. They must be citizen of any country other than India or Pakistan.
- Scan or photograph your paintings and submit them to [email protected] by 14 November 2018
- Mention your name, city, country and age
- One entry per child
- Children between 6 to 18 years can participate
- Paintings must be created in physical media (no digital “paintings”)
- All art work must be free hand and no geometrical instruments and / or rulers will be allowed
- Artwork must be your own original concept and not of anyone else’s copyrighted material
- You are requested to ensure fair play in line with the spirit of sport and friendship
- The participants can use any medium of colours. Size of paper is at the discretion of the participants. However, it should be noted that the size should conform to normal scanning size and which is easy to be photographed
- A : 6 – 8 years
- B: 9 – 11 years
- C: 12 – 14 years
- D: 15 – 18 years
In each category three prizes will be given out for this competition under:
- Best Artist
- First Runner-Up
- Second Runner-Up
- In case of a tie at any stage, the judges will break the tie by consensus. Results of the competition will be announced at PIPFPD social media and sportanddev.org.
We hope to see lots and lots of children participating in Aman Dosti on both sides of the border and beyond.
Rahul Mukherji is a freelance sports writer and independent Olympic Games researcher. This piece was originally published at sportanddev.org