Posts Tagged 'Friends Without Borders'



Friends Without Borders: Secret Agents (of Peace)

Handshake Between India and Pakistan -- kids' art

I am pleased to report that the 2007 incarnation of the Friends Without Borders travel squad has assembled and is raring to go. This year’s team includes John Siliphant, Yoo-Mi, Rahul Brown, Mona Panchal, Sachi Maniar, and me.

We are currently in Delhi awaiting word from the High Commission of Pakistan that Islamabad has cleared our visa requests. We hope to be soon on our way to Pakistan to deliver tens of thousands of friendship letters from Indian kids, to get letters to bring back to India, and to enroll schools for ongoing school-to-school relationships.

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Friends Without Borders in Asia Magazine

Asia Magazine story on Friends Without Borders

It’s a little awkward to get a byline on a story about one’s own project, but Friends Without Borders was asked by Asia Magazine to submit an article and we obliged. I wote the text and Maria Durana took and processed the photos. The article, which will span six-pages in “centerfold” format, to appear in the magazine’s March edition.

Asia Magazine does not publish online; but you can click on the image above (or here) for a reprint in PDF format.

The Shit of the Saintly is Still Reeking

Garbage on the River Ganga (Ganges)

The Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest religious festival, has just rounded its halfway point in Parag, near Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Occurring roughly every three years, the Mela coincides with certain astrological events, and lasts approximately eight weeks. This year’s festivities, will be attended by an estimated eight million people, including the traditional quorum of spiritual poseurs, religious exhibitionists, and voyeurs. Only the most uncritically relativistic, everything-is-beautiful-in-its-own-way, intellectually blinkered observers could possibly see the Kumbh Mela as anything other than a spiritual freak show, notwithstanding the devout piety of the rank-and-file superstitious who also attend.

The rather poor 2005 film, Kumbh Mela, depicted a small slice of the brainlessness of the event. My evidence for the spiritual vacuity of the Kumbh Mela and its participants, however, is drawn from today’s Times of India headline, “Heaps of Garbage Lie Unattended in Mela Area.”

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Symmetry and Dissymmetry

Crossing at Wagah

Relatively few people cross into Pakistan from India – such are the nature of relations between the two countries. Fewer still cross on foot, as the Friends Without Borders team did on 24 March, carrying tens of thousands of children’s letters of friendship – by hand – from India into Pakistan.

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Man-O-Man Sings the Praises of Friends Without Borders

Man-O-Man

The day after Friends Without Borders carried its first delivery of mail across the Wagah frontier from India into Pakistan, the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, issued a press release, congratulating the children of Pakistan and India for leading the way to a more peaceful world by participating in this special friendship project.

Here is the text of his press release:

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA

The Prime Minister has commended the ongoing effort to encourage children from India and Pakistan to write letters of friendship to each other, which is being organized by FriendsWithoutBorders.org. The first set of such letters was carried to Pakistan on March 24.

Dr Singh said, “This is a beautiful event, being led by the children of both countries. It has very positive ramifications for the future of both nations, once this generation of children grows up and takes on the reins of leadership.”

While thanking the organizers, the Prime Minister also saluted the children of India who have written heartfelt letters of friendship, and encouraged more children to join this movement.

March 25, 2006
New Delhi

In case you hadn’t noticed, this project is rocking the sub-continent!

Friends Without Borders: Status Report

Flags and Dove

This has been an exciting two-and-a-half months for the Friends Without Borders. As we make our final preparations to deliver the World’s Largest Love Letter and the first salvo of individual friendship letters from the children of India to the children of Pakistan, it is time to take stock of our achievements and look to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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India Today Features Friends Without Borders

Kids

For those of you living in India, be sure to check out the beautiful feature on the Friends Without Borders project in the March issue of India Today. For the rest of you: sorry, the India Today website does not give free access to this article. Our project is so cool, they are making online readers pay for the story!

Friends Without Borders Rocks Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium!

Wankhede Stadium Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede Stadium Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede Stadium Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede Stadium Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede Stadium Wankhede Stadium

Scenes from the Mumbai Press Conference

FWB Press Conference FWB Press Conference

FWB Press Conference FWB Press Conference


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... because everyday is Mother's Day.

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... to remind us that not every mix of Tibetans and Western spiritual seekers has to be nauseating.

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... to celebrate the new edition of Infinite Vision published in India.

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... reprised because military strategy seems more cruel and less effective than ever -- and certainly there is a better way.

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... because cars are ruining Pondicherry, where I live. How badly are they fucking up your Indian town?

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