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To: Prime Minister of India and President of Pakistan

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The more one thinks of the recent Mumbai Attacks and on India-Pakistan issue, the more one starts believing that there is no solution to this. It is becoming somewhat Israel-Palestine.

Even though there is not much good that is likely to come out, I’m pacifying myself by signing this online petition. I believe such petitions don’t really create an effect unless a high no. of  people access it. But the message if read by many people at least once does create effect. In February 2007 an online petition against road pricing and car tracking on the UK Prime Minister’s own website attracted over 1.8 million e-signatures from a population of 60 million people.

Especially in the Indian sub-continent where Internet is accessed generally by English speaking and educated class, or to put in other words not much by the extremists and radicals, one can expect a positive message to spread around.  Here is one such petition I found regarding the India-Pakistan issue.

To:  Prime Minister of India and President of Pakistan

Joint Signature Campaign by Citizens of India and Pakistan Against Terrorism, War Posturing and To Promote Cooperation and Peace

We the Citizens of Pakistan and India demand that:
•The Government of Pakistan and the Government of India should practice zero tolerance for religious extremism and terrorism in the interest of the very sustenance and prosperity of both the countries..
•Recognising that the problem of terrorism in both the countries are qualitatively different, we urge both the governments to take all appropriate initiates to contain and root out the activities of all fanatic and terrorist groups and catch and punish perpetrators of any acts of terror in their respective countries to make the subcontinent safe and secure for all.
•Both the governments should immediately set up a Joint Action and Investigative Agency for total cooperation and mutual assistance to address and overcome the problem of terrorism effectively and without any further delay.
•War can never be a solution but the beginning of insurmountable problems for both the countries. Hence both the governments should desist from war posturing and immediately engage in meaningful and effective dialogue and actions to address the issue of terrorism and to resolve all other outstanding problems.
•Both the Governments should follow in letter and spirit all the Conventions and Resolutions of UN and SAARC against terrorism and for cooperation to secure an atmosphere of mutual trust and holistic cooperation that alone could ensure security of all citizens and prosperity of the entire region.
•We appeal to the media of both India and Pakistan to play a constructive role in this hour of crisis to propagate and strengthen positive attitudes for the resolution of all the outstanding problems and discourage escalation of conflict and adventurism that could jeopardize peace and prosperity of both the countries.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

You can also sign this petition if you wish to. The petition is available here.

A pic from the Rwandan Genocide, Africa

A pic from the Rwandan Genocide, Africa

I don’t know when was this petition launched, but if you read this, please do spread the word around. Interestingly, this phenomenon is defined by a term called Slacktivism.

It was coined by Snopes.com in one of it’s articles.  This is what our revered Wikipedia has to say about this. I’m editing the actual article and pasting some part here. By the way, my spell-check shows this word as incorrect!   😛

Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism) is a portmanteau formed out of the words slacker and activism.

Examples of slacktivist activities include signing internet petitions, the wearing of wristbands (“awareness bracelets“) with political messages, putting a ribbon magnet on a vehicle, joining a Facebook group, posting issue-oriented YouTube videos or taking part in short-term boycotts such as Buy Nothing Day or Earth Hour.

In a statement on Snopes.com, Barbara Mikkelson states:

We can’t claim credit for having coined this term, nor do we know its actual origin, but we love it nonetheless. Slacktivism is the search for the ultimate feel-good that derives from having come to society’s rescue without actually getting one’s hands dirty, volunteering any of one’s time, or opening one’s wallet. It’s slacktivism that prompts us to forward appeals for business cards on behalf of a dying child intent upon having his name recorded in the Guinness World Book of Records or exhortations to others to continue circulating a particular e-mail because some big company has supposedly promised that every forward will generate monies for the care of a languishing tot. Likewise, it’s slacktivism that prompts us to want to join a boycott of designated gas companies or eschew buying gasoline on a particular day rather than reduce our personal consumption of fossil fuels by driving less and taking the bus more often. Slacktivism comes in many forms, but its defining characteristic is its central theme of doing good with little or no effort on the part of the person inspired to participate, through the mechanisms of forwarding, exhorting, collecting, or e-signing.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, February 10, 2009 2:02 pm

    i agree with you

  2. Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:14 pm

    Yeah…when would all this killings stop? when would we live in peace?..Africa has suffered..now its Pakistan…

    We pray….well written…

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