India loves Pakistan app aims to bridge gap between neighbouring countries

Published: February 20, 2015
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India and Pakistan may have a lot of rivalry in terms of sports, Line of Control (LoC) violations, and the recent incident of the Indian coast guard admitting to have blown up a Pakistani fishing boat.

However, India and Pakistan have more in common than one would imagine at the end of the day. Our cultures, food, dressing, language and way of life is similar if not the same.

To create more awareness of the similarities, an app called ‘India loves Pakistan’ has been launched to bring the two countries on the same platform, yourstory.com reported.

What does the app do?

It presents users with several photographs of landmarks in both countries. The user will have to identify which country the landmarks belong to, and will eventually be provided with the correct answer.

PHOTO: YOURSTORY.COM

Who is the brains behind this positive venture?

Amrit Sharma. He was inspired by a TED talk he one attended in 2013, after which he decided to work on the app that year during the Indo-Pak independence day celebrations.

He has an amazing take on the similarities between both countries:

“We believe that there is so much that connects India and Pakistan. Our passion for cricket, love for Bollywood movies, smell of garmagaram chai in the morning, the first delicious bite of a jalebi, and so on. The people, streets, monuments, and markets of India and Pakistan look quite similar too, and it’s often difficult to tell them apart,” says Amrit.

“I have a dream that one day people will be judged by the content of their character and not the colour of their passport,” Amrit said.

Another purpose of the app is to bring awareness and educate people about national monuments in India and Pakistan, and on tourist attractions.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Abdul Jabbar Mohmand
    Feb 20, 2015 - 7:54PM

    Awesome. Will be downloading it todayRecommend

  • A Peshawary
    Feb 20, 2015 - 8:00PM

    Splendid: both the countries need many more like him.
    A PeshawaryRecommend

  • Feb 20, 2015 - 8:58PM

    Excellent people to people initiative Recommend

  • MyTake
    Feb 20, 2015 - 9:10PM

    That is so true. So much so as Pakistanis think India hates them, it’s actually a love hate relationship. Many Indians feel Pakistan is a long lost chota brother. It’s one reason Indians read Pakistan newspaper primarily Dawn and Tribune to have a window of what’s happening in Pakistan. Pakistanis know about India a lot more than Indians know about Pakistan. Simple as that. The sorrow and anguish about Peshawar killings felt by Indians in every corner is a testament to that. It’s nonsense and ridiculous to claim by some Pakistanis that it was caused by Indian RAW.Recommend

  • Feb 20, 2015 - 9:37PM

    Namaste and As-salamalaykum, I’m Amrit. Thank you so much for your kind words about my Android app, IndiaOrPakistan.com.

    Please come and say hello at @indlovespak on Twitter. There’s a thriving community of Indians and Pakistanis who really do want to live by each other’s happiness, and not each other’s misery!

    I am because you are! Jai Hind. Jive Pakistan. Recommend

  • Feb 20, 2015 - 10:25PM

    Express Tribune – Can you please add a link to the app? It’s INDIAorPAKISTAN.COM.

    I’m sure people will want to download it, but there’s no link to it here.

    Thank you so much! Jai Hind. Jive Pakistan.

    -Amrit
    Founder, IndiaOrPakistan.comRecommend

  • Feb 20, 2015 - 10:27PM

    @Abdul Jabbar Mohmand:
    Thanks Abdul bhai. You can download it here at IndiaOrPakistan.com.

    Jai Hind. Jive Pakistan.Recommend

  • brea
    Feb 21, 2015 - 11:38AM

    Only the youth of both Pakistan and India can tear down past, older generation bitterness and malice. The world is much, much different today thanks to technology. The young are definitely more wiser and alert and more importantly aware. They must be given the chance to excel. Also should stay clear from politicians! They are the ones that create alot of divisions within communities. Recommend

  • Green!
    Feb 22, 2015 - 2:29AM

    @Amrit Sharma: Fantastic job brother. Friendly relations between our two countries will be a dream come true! You have taken a wonderful initiative.Recommend

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