Rise of ‘Hindu India’
India, thanks to the warped minds of the BJP stalwarts, has turned into a country steeped in bigotry.
As a child in grade six, I remember seeing an interesting cartoon by the famous cartoonist Javed Iqbal that was published in the Daily Jang newspaper some 40 years ago. In this, depicted was Ms Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, having her dinner while keeping a curious side-eye at her neighbour (that was poor General Zia ul Haq also shown in the other half of the picture, consuming his dinner consisting of a single bread and chutney). While the table in front of her was lavishly laden with all kinds of exotic cuisine, Ms Gandhi was shown prompting her aide, “Asal cheez tau wahan hai ‘’ (the real thing is with him).
This reminds me of another apocryphal story; there once was a hardworking farmer who fell upon the greatest of gifts. One day, an Ascetic appeared in his home and granted him three wishes, but with the condition that whatever he did for the farmer would be given double to his neighbour. The farmer, scarcely believing his good fortune, wished for a hundred cattle. Immediately, he received a hundred cattle and was overjoyed until he saw that his neighbour had two hundred. So he wished for a hundred acres of land, and again he was filled with joy until he saw that his neighbour had two hundred acres of land. Rather than celebrating God’s goodness, the farmer could not escape the reality of his deep-seated inner flaw. Finally, he stated his third wish: he asked the Ascetic to strike him blind in one eye.
No one knows exactly what on earth compels a country seven times larger in size, having more than ten times bigger economy, maintaining the world’s 5th largest army to continue to trudge on a Pakistan eccentric path. This, despite the fact that many analysts of that country believe that in the face of the rapidly changing geopolitical scenario and burgeoning economic challenges, especially when India espouses to become a global power, Pakistan is too insignificant an entity to waste time on in what seemingly a futile debate of sorts that would take her nowhere. According to them, it is now time that India must shift the age-old fulcrum of the anti-Pakistan ideology.
Nevertheless, the changing attitude about Pakistan doesn’t seem to be concluding in the foreseeable future…and this situation makes the whole issue too complex, too convoluted, and too confusing to explain, and therefore too complicated to address from the right perspective.
While it is true that the vivisection of India was no ordinary happening in the recorded history of the region, resulting in bloodshed, anarchy, and diaspora, leaving an indelible scar, the four wars on Kashmir and other regional and bilateral conflicts that followed, continue to resonate with unmitigated intensity.
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