Pakistan’s audacity, India’s itch
By Jaya Khare
India’s greatest bane is having to share geographical space with Pakistan. Our lots have been historically thrown on the same side of the fence and through the scars of partition, as India emerged a liberal, secular democratic society; Pakistan holed itself up in a dungeon of hatred, frustration and religious bigotry.
No wonder, it further sank into economic depression and political isolation, while India grew into a giant of Asia, with a strong global relevance and influence. Pakistan, in frustration, started unleashing violence on our side of the border, played up the Kashmir issue in a bid to garner world attention and downplayed India’s democratic values by the aggressive propaganda of human rights violence etc.
It rode piggyback on Chinese ambitions in the region and its vitriolic grew more intense and audible. India’s relative patience and her adherence to diplomatic and democratic values did her no good. Pakistan took these as signs of weakness and grew more audacious.
It became home to terror modules and started sending them to India in hordes to destabilise the region, derail dialogue and peace process and keep the Kashmir issue alive. Kashmir became its only obsession and her only passport to the world arena, with nothing else to show.
By drumming up the issue year after year Pakistan tries to stay relevant in global affairs. It has been comprehensively defeated by India in three wars, but Pakistan’s religious and Kashmir obsession forces it to play with fire and tread on the edge. It is left with no meaningful occupation than to disturb India like a nagging irritant.
India has behaved maturely, has always tried not to aggravate the issue, has tried to promote dialogue by keeping diplomatic channels open and she has always initiated peace efforts through trade, sports, and cultural exchanges. War is always the easiest way but that is not a sign of civilization. It is savagery. It is noble and valorous to uphold peace in trying times
It is utter misfortune that despite a golden opportunity for the countries to join hands and usher in a new global order where South Asia could have been at the helm of affairs, Pakistan, due to some silly ideological blockade, is languishing in poverty and thwarting the progress of the region by sowing seeds of dissension and mistrust, despite having unassailable cultural commonalities and growth potential.
Had Pakistan been complying, India would not have hesitated to play a constructive role in its development and together they would have been much more resourceful, progressive and mighty. Perhaps, that is not to be! .-Window To News