For sometime now, there have been several instances of hate against Pakistan by political parties. On Saturday, a drama by a few Pakistani actors in Gurgaon were disrupted by men who claimed to be from Shiv Sena.
The ban on artistes, writers and sportspersons from across the border has seen a lot of hate politics over the couple of weeks.
Riled by these recent incidents of Pakistani artistes being banned in the country, 36-year-old Mumbai-based Ram Subramanian, decided to take matters in his own hands.
"It had been brewing in my head ever since I heard of a series of bans and attacks. Most of us common blokes don't feel such hate nor want these fights. And when you close the doors to art you open up a door for dark and unwanted things to come in," he told Times Of India.
He started a campaign called #ProfileForPeace, asking people to join in if they wanted to raise their voices against hate politics. And, people did.
The hashtag campaign won hearts and minds and has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thousands of Indians from Kerala to Kashmir and Pakistanis from Lahore to Karachi are changing their profile pictures to one with a little love note scribble that says where they are from, that they don't hate each other, and are only being divided by hate politics.
Not because every1s posting this., i posted cos I mean it!!!
— Mudassar Khan (@mudassarkhan1) October 24, 2015
#ProfileForPeace because only love can defeat politically-generated hatred! Thanks @TweetOfRam , for starting this. pic.twitter.com/6m3IyU0H9P
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) October 22, 2015
I m an Indian.
I dont hate Pakistan.
I mn't alone.
There r many people like me. With my Pak friend #ProfileForPeacepic.twitter.com/i6qHjoNqme
— Vandana Singh (@VandanaSsingh) October 25, 2015
A small msg from my students @dilipkpandey#ProfileForPeacepic.twitter.com/N2X06Jb04D
— swati sachdeva (@swati_aap) October 25, 2015
I am an Indian! Both my parents migrated from Pakistan Post-1947. Have heard many a sorry tales yet I don't hate Pakistan #ProfileForPeace
— Vipul Bagga (@vipul_bagga) October 25, 2015
I don't support #politicsofhate.
I don't judge ppl by their religion,country,caste or colour. pic.twitter.com/Z6CNbKSmn3
— Aakriti Jain (@AakritiJain16) October 25, 2015
I am from India
I respect Dalits & Religions .
— Vikas Yogi (@vikaskyogi) October 23, 2015
— Zanyajan (@zanyajan) October 25, 2015
Dear Shiv Sena,
Stop your hate mongering.
Friends, RT if you feel the same & do it.
— vaRUN S JOSHi (@VarunJoshi) October 23, 2015
Pakistanis joined in too.
#ProfileForPeace ...and there are many like me who love India #PakistanLovesIndiapic.twitter.com/a2ji2Qnj7R
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) October 24, 2015
Enough of Hate Politics! Let us be us. I am a Pakistani and I do not hate India #ProfileForPeace#SpeakUppic.twitter.com/aprUm1mGaB
— Shumaila H. Shahani (@ShahaniSays) October 24, 2015
I'm a Pakistani
I've NO hatred for India
Peace & love & respect Indian people. Life's too short for hatred :)
— Bajirao (@M_Ahmad07) October 23, 2015
Dear politicians of both the countries, are you listening?
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