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Closing Remarks

S V Raju | I A Rehman


Mr. S.V. Raju summed up the seminar proceedings by remarking that "all good things must come to an end." He said that he was touched by the warmth and friendship shown by their Pakistani friends and thanked the Jang Group of publication and the Friedrich/Naumann Foundation for holding this seminar.

He said that they, the Indian participants, were in for a pleasant surprise when they found their Pakistani counterparts to be frank and open in their views. They were under the wrong impression that because of their experience under military rule, they Pakistani participants would be inhibited but this was not to be the case.

He also stressed that since we are basically people of the same stock and share the same culture and experience, they did not feel like in a foreign land in Pakistan. In response to the criticism of such seminars, he said that not all seminars end up for their own sake and this one has been successful in being different.

Mr. Rehman began by asking the question: dialogues between India and Pakistan are taking place at various levels, so what is different about this seminar?

He felt that in the seminar "we have looked at people’s capacity to influence their governments."

A lot of new area was covered in this seminar and therefore depth and detail were compromised. "There is no harm in admitting that in terms of concrete suggestions we have not covered much ground." Yet it has been ambitious and worthwhile in terms of the breadth of the topics discussed.

He suggested that the deliberations of this seminar should be translated into respective national languages and widely disseminated. Also, follow-up meetings should take place to pick up certain problem areas and find solutions. He thanked the Jang group of Publications and the Freidrich/Naumann Foundation for facilitating this exchange of ideas and ended on an optimistic note by saying that "the days of shouting and firing will soon come to an end."

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