A spate of anti-Pakistan protests by the Shiv Sena recently has given rise to an internet campaign that seeks to stop the "hate politics" and attempts to foster cordial relationships between India and Pakistan.
Ram Subramanian (36), a writer and ad filmmaker based out of Bandra in Mumbai, on October 22 posted a selfie with a message stating he had "enough of banning Pakistani artists".
#ProfileForPeace enough of banning Pakistani artists. Enough hate politics. Make a similar profile picture. #SpeakUp pic.twitter.com/xuUFoMuJElβ Ram Subramanian (@TweetOfRam) October 22, 2015
Soon after, the hashtag campaign #ProfileForPeace went viral on social media with users, from India and Pakistan, sharing selfies with similar messages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
"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," The Times of India quoted him as saying.
"It's important at this point to communicate with each other, and the internet allows us to do that," he added.
#ProfileForPeace because only love can defeat politically-generated hatred! Thanks @TweetOfRam , for starting this. pic.twitter.com/6m3IyU0H9Pβ VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) October 22, 2015
#ProfileForPeace #IndoPak #Love #Peace #India #Pakistan #Brothers #NoWar #OnlyLove #IamHindu #IDontHateMuslims pic.twitter.com/igOaqDykQ9β Puneet Sharma (@puneetsharma7) October 25, 2015
We want Peace.... #ProfileforPeace #ProfileForPeace pic.twitter.com/Hkm4oCucM7β Babar Shehzad (@bspatriot) October 25, 2015
#profileforpeace pic.twitter.com/mHHuXfoFwcβ Zanyajan (@zanyajan) October 25, 2015
a new trend #ProfileForPeace go and viral this trend @jackie_nambiar @bilalahmadgreat i love ind o pak cricket pic.twitter.com/vjDM7yVowUβ Zaryab #TeamPak (@zaibkhanB) October 25, 2015
#ProfileForPeace pic.twitter.com/Vidsfthlowβ Manu Garg (@TheManuGarg) October 25, 2015
Iam Pakistan I am from Faisalabad I don't hate India I am not alone There are many more like meβ€ #ProfileForPeace pic.twitter.com/qy4DkfgM0cβ Ali Ousja Jaffry (@Ousja) October 24, 2015
#ProfileForPeace I don't support #politicsofhate. I don't judge ppl by their religion,country,caste or colour. pic.twitter.com/Z6CNbKSmn3β Aakriti Jain (@AakritiJain16) October 25, 2015
#ProfileForPeace Yes, I dont hate my neighbours. I just hate EXTREMISTS, where ever they might be. pic.twitter.com/5h0QN3mgBaβ Amna Pakistani (@amna_sayx) October 24, 2015
Dear Shiv Sena, Stop your hate mongering. Friends, RT if you feel the same & do it. #ProfileForPeace #SpeakUp pic.twitter.com/qqkDM8pNRgβ Arshi Yasin (@arshi_yasin) October 22, 2015