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India-Pakistan Citizen Diplomacy and the Media

This is my article published in The News International, Islamabad

August 7, 2013

I’d like to know you better
Freedom of opinion/expression, positive change, scope for progressive voices, youth engagement, fresh perspectives, real time sharing forums, crystal clear means of communication these are some of the terms that Indians and Pakistanis used when asked how they view the media championing the cause of citizen diplomacy for peace between the two countries.
Given the difficulties of obtaining a visa to visit Pakistan for face-to-face interaction, I had resigned myself to remaining restricted to the social media and obtained these comments online. This is part of my ongoing research on the media and its role in helping foster peace between India and Pakistan.
However, I have not given up on the idea of promoting people-to-people interaction, or hope that lies in citizen diplomacy as it has been called since 1981 when a US State Department employee named Joseph Montville emphasized the…