Please get as many people as you can to sign this petition and then fax this to the Indian and Pakistani Govts. Send copies to the South Asian Media




Petition Against the Nuclearization of South Asia

We, the undersigned, express our deep regret at the recent series of
nuclear tests by India, the ongoing escalation of missile tests by both
Pakistan and India, and the general militarization of the region.
Although the two governments have sought to justify the nuclear arms build up in their respective countries in the name of national security, their actions serve only to heighten tensions and increase hostilities in the region. It is tragic that valuable resources that should be used for the betterment of the people are instead being squandered on weapons of mass destruction.

The nuclear and missile tests undermine the ongoing efforts to forge common bonds of friendship between the two countries by those Indians and Pakistanis who have been able to transcend narrow nationalist propaganda. The jingoistic rhetoric of our leaders notwithstanding, we are determined work together toward peace and harmony in the region.


Yours truly,

M.V. Ramana, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA; Salahuddin, Boston University;
Pervez, Boston University; Zarrar Sainet, New York; Azhar Salahuddin,
Boston University; J.J. Suh, M.I.T; Sayan Mukherjee, M.I.T. Anant Sahai,
M.I.T.; Siva Dirisala, M.I.T.; Arvind Mallik, M.I.T.; Asad Naqvi, M.I.T.;
Abira Ashfaq, Northeastern law School; Amita Vasudeva, South Asian
Advocacy Collective, Boston; Joydeep, Harvard University; Amer Iqbal,
M.I.T.; Salal Hussain, M.I.T.; Farhan, M.I.T.; Bill Bhutta, M.I.T., Jalal
Khan, M.I.T.; Atif Mian, M.I.T.; Atif Zaheer, Harvard University; Asma
Shaukat, Aga Khan University; Anjum Saleemi, M.I.T.; Geetha; Aparna
Sindhoor, Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia; Asha George,
Harvard School of Public Health; Pervez Hoodbhoy, University of Maryland;
Siddhartha Balachander, M.I.T.; Mriganka Sur, M.I.T.; Raju Sivashankaran,
Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia; Jayanta Dey, UMASS.,
Amherst; Abha Sur, Harvard University; Kashif Riaz, M.I.T.; Nassem Haq,
Cincinnati, Ohio; Faraz Hoodbhoy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
Sabrina Hasham; Salima Jinna, McGill University; George Varghese, Center
for Theoretical Physics, M.I.T.; Bilal Musharraf; Steven Barner; Khizar
Ahmad Khan, Teradyne Inc.; Faisal Hassan, M.I.T.; Abhay Wadhwa; Roohi
Abdullah, M.I.T.; Ali Mir, Purdue University, Indiana; Nayela Khan,
M.I.T.; Nida R, Farid, M.I.T.; Navaneetha Rao, Harvard University; David
Reiner, M.I.T.; Kishore Dasari; Syed A. Maroof; Shomik Mehudirattan;
Arvind Rajagopal, Purdue University, Anupama Rao, West Lafayette, Indiana;
Partha Banerjee; Arnab Acharya, Harvard University; Dharni Vasudevan, Duke
University; Madhu Rao, Duke University; Shome N. Mukherjee; Demetris
Vryonides, Harvard University; Amitava Kumar, University of Florida, Cyrus
Umrigar, Cornell University; Sujata Moorti, Old Dominion University;
Jyotsna Vaid; Shalini Natraj, Sommerville, MA; Prasad Venugopal, U Mass,
Amherst; Sekhar Ramakrishnan, Columbia University; Kirankumar Vissa;
Ashish Gupta, Buffalo; Mahua Sarkar, Johns Hopkins University, Nikhil
Aziz, University of Denver; Raza Mir, U Mass, Amherst; Anjali Ram, Clark
University; Kavita Philip, Georgia Institute of Technology; Hari
Subramanian; Vandana Singh, Portland; Ishrat Chaudhuri, Boston, MA; Padma
Latha Channavajhala, Boston University; Tito Basu, U Mass, Boston; Priya
Shamsunder, Chicago; Janak Ramakrishnan , Harvard University; Sunil
Mushran; Anu Saxena; Balakrishnan Rajagopal; Anugraha Palan; Sara Abraham,
New York; Nalini Visvanathan, Brattleboro, VT; Amrita Basu, Amherst
College, MA; Raj Hasmukh Barot, Brooklyn Law School; Balmurli Natrajan;
Preeti Kachroo; Aniruddha Das, SAMAR Editorial Collective, NY; Sreenivas
Paruchuri, U. Paderborn, Germany; Mona Chopra, New York; B. Skanthakumar, Law Department, SOAS, London; Manabi Majumdar, Harvard University; Siddhartha Chatterjee, Syracuse; Nalini Ganapati; Jael Silliman,
University of Iowa; Subramanian Shankar, Rutgers University; Alnoor
Dhanani, Harvard University; Noor Kassamalu; Subir Sinha, University of
Vermont, Rashmi Varma, University of Vermont; Laxmi Rao, M.I.T.; Mohan
Rao, Umass, Amherst; Param Roychoudhury, Cambridge, MA; James Gathii,
Harvard Law School; Rina Das; Sanjay Asthana; Gonzaga de Gama; Omar Khalidi, M.I.T.; Monami Maulik, Brooklyn, New York; Radhika Lal, UNDP, New York; Badri Raghavan; Amitabha Bagchi, Baltimore; Rasheed Khan; Amitabh Chaudhary; Freyan Panthaki; Amrish Kacker; S. Charusheela, Franklin & Marshall College, PA; Gunja Sengupta; Nidhi Srinivas, McGill University, Montreal; Shelley Feldman, Cornell University, NY; Kunal Parker, Cleveland- Marshall College of Law, Ohio; Baman Das, MA; A.H. Jaffor Ullah; Brij Masand, Wayland, MA; Priya Nanda; Nadine Ezard, School of Public Health, Harvard University; Sinead Jones, School of Public Health, Harvard University; Vijay Prasad, Trinity College, CT.; Indira Ravindran; Swati Shah, New York; Rahul de; Sharmila Chakrabarty; Jayati Lal, New York University, NY; Shahbano Aliani, Center for Economic &Social Justice, NY; Satya P. Mohanty, Cornell University; Ganesh Venimadhavan, UMASS, Amherst; Radhiks Nagpal, M.I.T.; Bindu T. Desai, Chicago; Shariq Ahmed Tariq; Mangai Gopalan; Bharat Kona;
Sagguirty, Sunnyvale, CA; Surendra Gadekar, Sampoona Kranti Vidyalay;
Sanghamitra Desai,- Sampoona Kranti Vidyalay; Iftekar Rahman, GTE;
Isabelle Valois, South Asia Partnership Canada, Ontario; Akm. Mahfuzur
Rahman; Basav Sen, Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia;
Satyajit Arvind Vaidya, UMASS, Amherst; Harsh Kapur, South Asia Citizens
Web; Nalini Lamba Nieves, Wisconsin; Faisal Hossain, National University
of Singapore; Godhuli Bose, Berkeley, CA; Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia
University; Modhumita Roy, Tufts University, MA; Michael Sprinker, SUNY,
Stoneybrook, NY; Prasad Rampalli, Intel, Folsom, CA; Mridula Udayagiri,
University of California at Davis, CA; Vasuki Nesiah, Harvard Law School;
Manishita Dass, Stanford University; Mila Mitra; Rummana Alam; G. Asha;
Radhika Balasubrahmanyam; Mina Reddy, Cambridge; Ram Rammohan; Phiroze
Vasunia, University of Southern California, LA; Sangeeta Kamat, Brooklyn
College, NY; Biju Mathew, Rider University, NJ; Anibel Comelo, UCLA,
California; Richa Nagar; David Faust; Medha Faust-Nagar; Faisal Khan,
U.K.; Meena Tewari, Bhuvnesh Jain, M.I.T.; Sivaram Pillarisetti, Columbia
University; Martin B. Kalinowski, IANUS, Germany; Faheem Hussain, Abdus
Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics; Sheheryar Salim,
Boston; Kajoli Banerjee Krishnan, Bangalore; Venkat Srinivasan, Canton,
MA; Pradeep Sopory, University of Wisconsin at Madison; David Ludden, U.
Penn.; Rizwan M. Tufali, U. Chicago; S. Viswanathan, U. Penn; Anurag Garg,
UCLA; Geraldine Forbes, SUNY, Oswego; Sidnay L. Greenblatt, Syracuse
University; Manjari Mehta, M.I.T.; Faris Ahmed, Ottawa, Canada; Srikanth
Sastry, Gaithersburg, MD; Anupama rao, U. Michigan; Adil Hussain,
Middlebury College, Vermont; Ananda Chanda, Johns Hopkins University;
Yumna Siddiqi, U. North Carolina, Greensboro; Smitu Kothari, Princeton
University, Amber Habib, Mehta Research Institute, Allahabad; Volkan Can;
Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; Rowena
Robinson, Mumbai; John Broomfield, Havelock, New Zealand; Jo Imlay,
Havelock, New Zealand; Kamel; Sanjay and Rizwana Talreja, Mount Holyoke
College, MA; Ansar Fayyazuddin, Harvard University; Jatin Hansoty; S.
Sabahat Quadii, Karachi; Irfan Zaman;John McNamara; Jason Keith Fernandes,
National Law School, Indiana University; Abha Verma, MHMR, Texas; Mofeez
Murtaza; Muhammad Raja; Iftekar Zaman, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Ali Diwan; Aiko
Joshi, Georgia State University; Srikanth Nagaraja; Omayr Aziz Saiyid,
Claremont, CA; Sankaran Krishna, Political Science department, U. of
Hawaii at Monoa; Lipi Ghosh, Calcutta; Vaqar ahmed, Westmont, Canada;
Munawar Karim, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY; Sajjad Mahmood,
Albany; Shraddha V. Chigateri; Damini Dey; Mire Dey; Jishnu Dey; Ch'ng Kim See, Singapore; Vinod Mubayi, New York; Mathew John, National Law School,
Bangalore; Abhijit Banerjee, M.I.T.; Nithya Sriram, India; Inayatullah,
Islamabad; Jehan Ara, Karachi; Ameena Saiyid, Oxford University Press,
Pakistan; Asim Hussain; Shahid Mahmud; William J. Willis, Columbia University, NY;
Balaji, New York; Harsh Kapoor, Montpellier, France;