Love thy neighbour: Indian, Pakistani personalities speak with one voice

Published: August 28, 2015

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Renowned Indians and Pakistanis came together to celebrate cultural similarities between the two countries in a video which is sure to leave you with a new found love for your neighbour.

The video, which is produced by A Man Film, shows famous Pakistanis and Indians describing what they love about their neighbour.

The video starts off with Indian singer-cum-actor Raageshwari Loomba exclaiming emphatically, “We are just so similar!”

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“In my heart, in my soul, I don’t think that we are different. I don’t think that we are separated by a man-made border, we are spiritually united and shall be,” she added.

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Ziauddin Yousafzai, Pakistani educational activist and better known as the father of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said, “This region has for a long time … been a region where Muslims and Hindus have been living together and there was harmony between us, a culture of peace and patience.”

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The video then moves on to Falak Shabir, a Pakistani singer, who says, “I’ve never felt the difference, we are very similar. There is only one difference and that is that we have drawn a line and built a wall, if we remove this we are the same.”

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Starting off the list of similarities between the two rival countries, Nita Kapoor, Director of Peace Corps Norway, found the “style of dressing, our love of colour, our love of smell” as very similar between the two countries.

Further, Pakistani author Mahmona Khan felt that the two countries shared a similar language, music and food.

Vikram Kolmannskog, an Indian lawyer and writer summed up perfectly the love of mangoes shared equally between the two rival countries when he said, “Indians are very fanatic about their mangoes being the best and I think Pakistanis are the same but I must say I really like Pakistani mangoes!”

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Indian TV-personality, Sumeet Singh Patpatia said he loved the ‘huge Pakistani rotis‘ while Pakistani singer Shehzad Roy was all praise for Masala Dosa. Roy also added, “I think there is nothing better than learning as much as possible from each other and exchanging art and culture.”

Abid Raja, Norwegian politician of Pakistani descent, couldn’t stop himself from voicing his love for Indian food. Meanwhile, Indians said they loved Pakistani music, the Urdu language and Lahore.

Cricket and the ‘madness’ at Indian and Pakistani weddings were also mentioned by many.

In the concluding part of the video, Pakistan’s pride Malala Yousafzai made an entrance with beautiful words saying, “If we all try and promise that, each one of us, will do our best, then change will certainly come.”

Well, at least there is something both Pakistanis and Indians agree on. Watch the video here:

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Pakistani Dude
    Aug 28, 2015 - 12:29PM

    Another failed attempt to bring the two countries closer at a time when Pakistanis are being killed by Indians at the border.Recommend

  • Naveed
    Aug 28, 2015 - 1:01PM

    you can rarely find any news related to pak in Indian media, unless it has something negative about pak, but our media is so obsessed with India and trying so hard to get pak ind together, but neighboring side don’t give a dam about itRecommend

  • Aug 28, 2015 - 2:17PM

    I would be great if people who have made this video would have come some idea telling our Indian friends about mutual respect along with cultural similarities. If we do not respect the sovereignty of other countries then similarity drive will not work. Countless violations committed by Border Security Force (BSF) of india against Pakistan diminishes the impact of similarity drive initiative. One may ask from other side of border that Pakistan has been involved in border violations. We, Pakistanis, accept their argument for sake of finding ground realities. For these purpose Pakistan has called United Nations Observer team several times and they have pointed out infringements by Indian side but so-called free Indian media is not showing the fact instead they are blaming Pakistan for ceasefire violations on LOC. Where there is an enormous uncertainty prevailing how can we start debate about similarities between Pakistanis and Indians. Indian Prime Minister goes to Bangladesh and proudly admits about Indian involvement in breaking of Pakistan in 1971. He does not stop there. He ventures into Dubai and blames Pakistan for spreading terrorism though without mentioning Pakistan. Indian government openly shows its discontent of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) deal. Indian government invites Pakistan for NSA talks but not without imposing their own will on Pakistan. Indians are allowed to exhibit their films in Pakistan but Pakistanis films are not allowed in India with same zeal and will. List goes on which influences negatively on any effort to show cultural similarities between Pakistan and India. I guess this effort is half hearted and lacks in objectivity. Recommend

  • SNKN
    Aug 28, 2015 - 3:12PM

    In my view the stepped up aggression from India in the past few years is reaching a point of no return… Attempt at such a video could be too little too late to bridge the two nations back.

    Pakistan has been attempting to stay calm and composed against India’s full on attempts to malign it in every forum, every medium both internationally and at home. My visits to India has fully convinced me that the people of India have been now successfully brain washed to fully believe that Pakistanis are blood thirsty, uneducated and the nation is at the brink of collapse…. the government of India and the controlled media has done a great job in doing so.
    I will add that media in Pakistan is much more free and govt. machinery does not control information.

    Pakistan has very few sympathizers in India left who still believe in peace between the two nations and any efforts towards rapprochement meets head on aggression and a saffron clad invisible hand.

    It will not be in India’s long term interest to take this path…. New found economic confidence is fine, but new found belligerence needs to be checked!!Recommend

  • JSM
    Aug 28, 2015 - 3:18PM

    Two Nation Theory says that Muslims and other Indians are not similar.

    In 1947, Muslims who felt that they were similar to other Indians stayed on Indian side. Those who were different went to the other side. PeriodRecommend

  • SNKN
    Aug 28, 2015 - 3:23PM

    Khurram, very well put. The entire Indian state machinery is busy 24/7, 365 days spreading disinformation against Pakistan and painting a certain picture to its own average citizens and around the world. It is very sad and painful to see our patience being tested. It can boil over at some point….. the consequences could be horrible… Especially India stands to lose a lot more!!!

    I hope intelligent minds in India will soon realize this and put a check on the path that Modi government is taking them on.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Aug 28, 2015 - 3:40PM

    Well we should stop these useless friendship things, and both should focus on their own countriesRecommend

  • Observant
    Aug 28, 2015 - 5:07PM

    The tensions caused in the border is a propaganda by both the countries in an attempt to maintain the hatred amongst the people against each other, so that we will concentrate accusing each other rather than confronting the politician for the true demons like poverty, health care, education etc. Reading the comments it is quiet obvious that the strategy has been very successful.Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain
    Aug 28, 2015 - 8:23PM

    The solution for a peacefull existence between the neighbours, is the Kashmir Issue, people of Kashmir MUST be given the right to decide thier future accoring to their free will and aspirations. be it part of India, part of Pakistan or an Independent state. majority would prfer the later.Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain
    Aug 28, 2015 - 8:37PM

    There will be NO peacefull existence, unless and untill the Kashmir issue is settled, as per wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. majority would opt for an independent kashmir. i think this is the most practical and workable solution to this issue. At the moment kashmir has become a bone of contention between india and pakistan, Kashmir by becoming an independent state, will act as bridge of friendship between the two countries.Recommend

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