EditorialSeven decades of painful tryst with Pakistan

Seven decades of painful tryst with Pakistan


Today, behind 's seventieth celebration of Independence Day stands the nation that still remains in dilemma to respond appropriately to Pakistan who has been bleeding it for the past seven decades and feeding on India's blood.

In mid-August, 1947 both were born twins from the womb of history? The twins were surgically separated and went their own ways, but the wounds continue to bleed profusely to this day. And, while India's much touted tryst with destiny has unfolded in varying hues over the last seven decades, Pakistan's has been an inexorable march in only one direction: A tryst with terror.

For Pakistan, the tiff with India that is Bharat was Jihad from day one. happens to be the most visible flashpoint, but clearly the motives which go beyond mere territorial designs, are a throwback to the Khilafat years. To their Talibanised Islamic mind, India simply cannot continue as a Dar-ul-harb, meaning, kafir land. And that is the mindset that is most manifest.

Strife and Violence have always been a way of life in Pakistan which it has exported to Kashmir Valley. It is not just an individual trait or a generational trend, but a far potent genetic disorder that has its roots in its formative history. The seeds, of course, lie even deeper in medieval mid-East, but ferreting them out is beyond the scope of this space, nay, the bounds of modern humans themselves far removed as they are from the fanatical of fatwas and mullahs.

Only after the recent turmoil and violent situation surfaced in Kashmir valley with ongoing clashes between security-men and misguided youth, the central leadership especially Prime Minister has shown Pakistan ground realities prevailing in Pak occupied Kashmir and Baluchistan etc. for the first time.

India may boast of having won all the four wars, but the fact is that Pakistan has consistently got the better of us in the un-ending proxy war. Every terror strike in India, or for that matter in any part of the world, could unfailingly be traced back to Pak. Newsweek says that our twin-brother is the most dangerous land in the world, a breeding ground of die-hard religious zealots, armed to the teeth and gums too. We also learn that a good part of the money that Bush gave Mush to fight Taliban and Quaida terror has actually been used against India.

In many ways it can be said that the destinies of the Gemini-like duo have only followed their respective dispositions which are as different as chalk and cheese, Gandhi and Jinnah, Secularism and Redical-Islamic, Democracy and Dictatorship/fake democracy … take your pick.

While Pakistan can do with some doses of tranquilizers like democracy, debate and religious tolerance, endemic here, India can display a bit more of guts and aggression a la Pakistan. But such wishful dreams and talk of cooperation and coexistence apart, the cold reality is this: India should ever be wary and watchful of its warring sibling residing next door.

Getting back to Pak's story, its birth after Jinnah successfully purveyed the two-nation theory to a pliable British, was only the consummation of a religious hatred against what it had always regarded as Hindu Bharat. In time, such hatred made greater strides and grew faster than anything else in that cursed country, causing four external wars and countless internal upheavals, eventually culminating in an unstable society, at war with itself: For, such hatred is now fast consuming its own citizens. Even the dumb would not doubt that Pak is what it is because of its State sponsored religious bigotry, seeded and rooted in its psyche and looming like a large tree over it now.

The bomb was bound to blow up on the bomb maker's face some day or the other. Now this is not meant as an insensitive I-told-you-so refrain on Benazir's cold-blooded killing, but to point out a painful reality that India's leadership has wantonly side-stepped. Indeed, PM Manmohan Singh committed the biggest diplomatic blunder, unleashed a boomerang rather, when he stated a few months back that India and Pakistan were both victims of terror. But equating the aggressor and the aggrieved has always been the keystone of India's self-defeating secular . The aggressor however has no such qualms.

Needless to say, Pak will likely slip into greater chaos now, endangering India even more. There is presently a futile debate on what would be beneficial to India: a peaceful Pak or one in distress. But military or civilian, Pak regimes have consistently been inimical to India:

But a closer study would reveal that the debate is still only within the confines of Islam. Really, the antagonists are ‘moderate' extremists and ‘extreme' extremists. India has to ruthlessly reckon with these realities, within and without and seek to insulate itself resolutely. The hands-off PoK policy is criminal negligence for that is the jihadi hotbed. All these should change.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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