I've been missing in action for quite awhile but been catching up with all that is going on out here in the past few days. Great to see this forum buzzing with activity - will try to be more regular with my submissions and other contributions InshaAllah from this month onwards. For this journal, I've finally narrowed down to one issue that is of great relevance for the people of India and Pakistan. I would like to talk about the prisoners (Indian & Pakistanis) who are languishing in each others jails. These include soldiers captured during the 3 wars, fishermen and others who have strayed across that line defined as a border, alleged (or actual) terrorists or simply people who took a trip, or even dared to attend a cricket match!
The partition of India (and the subsequent formation of Pakistan), led to in many cases feelings of mutual distrust, hatred and ultra nationalism in the guise of patriotism for a very very long time. All this has inevitably and unfortunately pushed several individuals/families/ even communities at large to be on the receiving end of the stick.
I want to explore how government policies have affected families of these prisoners - especially women and children. In most cases, these so called prisoners are innocent. Through this journal, I want to talk about various cases which have gained prominence over the years , discuss the steps being and previously taken by lawyers, ngos and peace activists, and most importantly reach out to families bearing the brunt.
Let me know what you guys think. Any thing that I'm missing out on? Is this angle okay?
Waiting impatiently for your comments ladies!
Tanya Shakil Daud