Students of Fathima Matha High School seeing off the cyclists, June 2013

Indo-Pak students bicycle rally for peace

A group of university students plan to cycle to Wagah to celebrate the Indian and Pakistani Independence Days with Pakistani students and then proceed to Lahore University and Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad. So far 12 students from Delhi University and one from Jamia Millia Islamia have joined the second time this initiative is being taken.

Last year the Delhi University Students for Peace cycled from Kanyakumari to Wagah border, but did not get visas to cross over into Pakistan with their bicycles.

The convener, Praveen Kumar Singh, a student of MA Buddhist Studies at DU, said the idea is to promote peace, unity and love in South Asian region and tie up with student activists in Pakistan.

They aim to urge the governments of India and Pakistan to come together “in a confederation on the lines of European Union,” says Singh. “Weapons cannot be a substitute for food, medicine or education.”

The bicycle rally will start from New Delhi on August 1 and meet up with Pakistani students at Wagah border on August 14. They are hoping to get the necessary clearance and visas to proceed together to Lahore and Islamabad.

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