India, Pakistan … some random thoughts

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India, Pakistan … some random thoughts

Swapnil Bharali | March 02, 2019 11:02 hrs

How seriously do I, along with the rest of the world, take certain recent utterances of US President Donald Trump? Utterances like “reasonably attractive news” coming from India and Pakistan and that it’s “coming to an end?” Trump went on elaborate that the US has been exploring possibilities of brokering peace between the two hostile neighbours and his usage of words like these are indicative of long-term peace being ushered onto the western frontier of the country if not a permanent solution to the vexed Kashmir issue.

The vociferous Indian celebrations (not quite muted in Guwahati and rather embarrassingly raucous at the Wagah Border) seemed to have been an example of counting the chickens before they had hatched. With all the “How’s the Jaish…” updates on Facebook, the actual josh lay punctured the very next day with Wing Commander Abhinandan’s capture. After all, as the cliché goes, those who celebrate war do not participate in it and those who are in war do not celebrate it. There will be casualties on both side of two warring nations and premature celebrations led by politicians (cutting across party lines) are rather mortifying in front of the whole world. 

And so coming to politicians and their insensitivity to something as destructive as war, the Karnataka chief minister, BS Yedyurappa and his embarrassing statement that India’s airstrikes in Pakistan’s Balakot will “help BJP win 22 seats in Karnataka” took politics to a new low. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party wasted no time in retorting that Indians were “manipulated into war-mongering” by “people who are desperate to win an election.” For the damage control that Yedyurappa engaged in post this outrage, his and ilk’s tactlessness in any matter outside the realm of petty politics stood exposed.

Finally, Imran Khan! After all, he was a sportsman - one of the world’s greatest cricketers. I distinctly remember his visit to Guwahati during Pakistan’s Indian tour of 1979-80 under Asif Iqbal. He was quite indisposed and couldn’t play much against the East Zone. But if his nature has to be analysed he has always been a man of peace especially with his life’s mission of promoting his cancer hospital in Karachi. 

All we can hope is that peace and better sense prevail upon all concerned humanity.

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