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School Day 24: India-Pakistan
The Generation Next India-Pakistan interaction taking place

Indian students linked up with pupils at a Pakistani school to share perspectives about the relationship between their two countries.

Question to Indian students in Delhi from Pakistani pupil

What do you like most in our culture?

Indian student, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi: Among your festivals I like Eid the most. Being a Kashmiri, I have eaten sewaiyans - sweets - during Eid, so I like Eid the most.

Question to Pakistani students from Indian pupils

Do you think India is very similar to what you see in Bollywood films?

Pakistani student, Crescent Model School, Lahore: I have never visited India so what I see on the screen is the image of India for me. Whatever you show us through movies and through media, we will take that as your India. Those who have visited India, they can understand more of India but those who haven't visited there can only see your culture, your people and your buildings through films.

Dialogue about the India-Pakistan partition

Map of India and Pakistan
Indian student, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi: I would say that partition should not have happened. I believe in the saying that "united we stand and divided we fall". If we would have been together, not only in cricket but in all other fields, we would have put in more effort, the teamwork would have been better and we would have scaled new heights.

Pakistani student, Crescent Model School, Lahore: We always hear in the news that every year riots take place in India and many people get killed. We had demanded to have our own country, Pakistan, because of such riots as you can see that the communities in both countries are very different from each other and I do not think that they could possibly live in peace together.

Dialogue about a practical solution

Indian student, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi: Whatever happened in the past, whether it was right or wrong, we should learn from our mistakes, not regret it. We should move forward and make friendly relationships and we should learn lessons from the mistakes that happened in the past.

Pakistani student, Crescent Model School, Lahore: In my opinion if we start student exchange programmes then it will clear up all the confusion children of both nations have in their minds and all of them would follow a positive path.

Dialogue about the interaction experience

Indian student, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi: I have liked this event because I had never thought that I would be able to talk to them in Pakistan. And in this age of politics and tussles, it seemed almost impossible but we are thankful that it did happen.

Indian student, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi: We should have more of such programmes so that we talk to the others. With this at least we can exchange our ideas. If we cannot exchange our youths we can at least exchange the ideas.

Pakistani student, Crescent Model School, Lahore: We had so many misconceptions and so had you, now after this programme most of them have been cleared.

Now we should, as the programme's name - Generation Next - suggests, we should keep aside the past because we are the future of this nation and you are of yours. We have to move forward so that we follow the path of friendship.


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