As tensions between the two neighboring countries, Indian and Pakistan remains intense with too much hatred and violence, a man hailing from Punjab has sent out a peace message to the two countries by naming his two sons, ‘Bharat’ and ‘Pakistan’, with a silent message to live in peace and harmony.
The incident has come to light after a group of children from both the countries sung the national anthem of the neighbouring countries in unison declaring harmony and love towards the brother nation. 40 year old Gurmeet who works as a carpenter, decided to bridge the gap with this simple gesture.
Hailing from a middle class family, Gurmeet lives with his wife and three children some 70 kms away from the Indo-Pak border. Though he was born after the partition, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots had a scarring impact on Gurmeet after which he claimed that he does not have anger but only forgiveness in him.
It suddenly dawned to him to name his sons the names of the two countries as he felt a sense of happiness erupt in him when 11 year old Bharat address the 10 year old Pakistan as his brother. Though Gurmeet was forced to rename Pakistan to Karandeep for school admissions, he is still called the same at home.
Believing in the strong power of love, Gurmeet named his shop ‘Bharat-Pakistan Woodworker’.