Saturday, 27 July 2019

Pictures Say More Than Words

“It's actually quite a good thing, this whole friendship process…it'll improve the whole socio-economic, political and international scenario…." The voice trailed on. Heads nodded sagely in agreement.

All of this was being said by my schoolmates in reference to the recently promoted Pakistan-India Friendship campaign. The conversation was taking place close on the heels of my return from the World Social Forum held in Mumbai, India in January 2011. In that context it was not unexpected or even insincere that young people would talk like that, but somehow it was vastly amusing. In retrospect, it seemed surprising that years of inherited "distrust" could be so easily discarded overnight even though, to be honest, it was pretty reassuring. As my fellow pupils and compatriots waxed voluble on the subject, I felt intrigued by the possibility of their not being able to uphold their claims. I have a weakness for baiting people, putting them into unpredictable situations and seeing how they react.
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