Interaction is the key to end animosities. And to do so, you must catch them young or so believes India’s Border Security Force (BSF).
It has proposed that children of BSF personnel and Pakistani Rangers (who guard Pakistan’s borders) and those from schools run by the two forces will visit each other’s country on exchange programmes to learn about each other’s culture and improve relations between the two countries.
“This was proposed by the BSF in the first high-level meeting between BSF and Pak Rangers in Lahore recently and the Rangers accepted the suggestion immediately,” said a senior BSF official.
The proposal was made during BSF DGP and other senior officers’ meeting with their counterparts in Lahore from December 24 to 28 last year.
Highly-placed sources said if this programme is successful, then another involving college students from both the countries might also be worked out.
If all goes according to the plan, students of Class X and above who are studying in BSF-run schools will be sent to Pakistan first under the exchange programme. They will learn about the people and culture of Pakistan in the week-long trip. The number of students in each delegation is yet to be fixed.