An app released by the founder of IndiaLovesPakistan.com is doing its bit to bring citizens of both countries closer. Released on Valentine’s Day on Google Play, it features photos of people, streets, and monuments from India and Pakistan, and asks the user to guess the nationality of the subject.
“I wanted to launch this app to give people that “Wow!” feeling when they answer incorrectly to whether it’s India or Pakistan.” said Amrit Sharma, founder of the social initiative and app. “There is so much that connects us — Our passion for cricket, love for Bollywood movies, smell of chai in the morning, the first bite of a jalebi, warm biryani at night…”
“I have a dream that one day people will be judged by the content of their character, and not the colour of their passport.” - Amrit Sharma
A TED Talk by Ronny Edry inspired Sharma to add a human element into the India-Pakistan relationship with the website. “That TED talk made me realize that one person can make a powerful positive impact in an otherwise overwhelmingly negative and complicated conversation.” wrote Amrit in an email to Huffpost India. He equates every positive message and gesture between its citizens to be like a candle in a dark room. “One candle can light other candles without losing any of it's brightness. One message inspires and encourages others to speak up too.”
The app took a week of development time, and includes a pool of 75 photos currently. The next update will have enhanced social sharing options, and increase the pool of photos to 200. “We’ll add newer pics as users send them in,” said Sharma.