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Indian Express launches ‘Aman Ki Asha’ for peace between Army and Government

05, Apr 2012 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. After claiming that there was huge “trust deficit” between the armed forces and the civilian government, Indian Express has decided to launch a peace initiative called “Aman Ki Asha” as part of Confidence Building Measures (CBM) between the government and the military.

Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of The Indian Express, announced that the campaign was aimed at bridging the trust deficit that was exaggerated exposed by the newspaper through a front page story yesterday.

“The gaps need to be filled and who knows it better than us – journalists, who keep on filling information gaps with our secret sources, meticulous reconstruction, and sober interpretation,” Shekhar Gupta told Faking News.

Indian Express front page on 4 April 2012
The story that spooked the journalists

The meeting with Shekhar Gupta was called to discuss a business partnership between Indian Express and Faking News, which would have allowed some selected articles written by Pagal Patrakar to be republished on Indian Express under the pseudonym Faker Gupta.

“What nonsense! We are not into such senseless stuff!” Shekhar Gupta rejected the business proposition, “We are here to show mirror to the society; only that sometimes we use concave mirrors.”

When this reporter asked if his ‘Aman Ki Asha’ concept was not a copy of a similarly named campaign launched by Times of India for peace between India and Pakistan, Gupta said, “I reject such insinuations; even our spook story was termed as copy of an earlier report by Reddif.”

Sticking solely to what he considered important for the meeting, Gupta informed that as part of this peace initiative, various diplomatic and cultural exchange programs between the army and the government would be facilitated by The Indian Express.

“Army and government have some cultural similarities these days – like corruption, bribery, factionalism, etc. and we can organize events like ‘bribe bribe’ ‘catch me if you can’ and invite teams from the government and army to participate,” Shekhar said.

Among other things, a friendly cricket match between the army and the government will also be organized, sources at Indian Express claim. The rival teams will be captained by Defense Minister AK Antony and General VK Singh respectively.

“And you know; Antony has refused to have a runner, who was supposed to be a colleague from the cabinet, because our sources say that the fellow minister would have got Antony run out,” a source told Faking News.