Open Letter from India to Pakistan

One Million Strong With You

"The smallest coffins are the heaviest to carry"

I'm heartbroken.

I've started to write this letter several times, but words seem to have lost their meaning! I can't express the pain, shock, anger, disbelief and anguish I feel after the horrific attacks at Army Public School in Peshawar on Wednesday.

I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

While struggling to come to terms with the tragedy, on Wednesday night, I lit a candle in memory and honor of the lives lost in the school.

In the midst of the grief, a little flower of hope bloomed... #IndiaWithPakistan. It started as a trickle of tweets, but it soon went viral. Thousands and thousands of messages poured in from every corner of India with condolences and support to Pakistan.

Today, #IndiaWithPakistan is 1 million strong*.

Indians everywhere, from all walks of life, mourn and grieve with you. We are thinking about you in our streets, in our schools, in our parliament and in our hearts. See more messages here.

Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Anupam Kher have stood up and spoke up too!

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

If you're reading this letter, please know that you are not alone.

I really wish I had a bat signal so Bruce Wayne (I mean, Batman) could come and save Gotham City once more. But alas...

Each of us has the option, even a moral obligation, to awaken from this illusion of separateness, and do what little we can to make this a better world. For goodness sake. For the children's sake.

We must BE that change that we seek, one small step at a time.

Let's always remember and honor those who lost their lives in this inhumane senseless act of violence.

Indians and Pakistanis have spoken clearly and loudly: We want to live by each other's happiness, not each other's misery.

I am because you are!

Jai Hind. Jive Pakistan.


Amrit Sharma