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One Sided Affair

May 18, 2010

Times of India aired again today a full page ad on ‘Aman ki Asha’; somehow this ad gives me that nauseating feeling in my stomach. ‘Aman Ki Asha’ is a movement run by Times of India in coordination with ‘Jung’ newspaper in Pakistan to resume bilateral relations between India and Pakistan. They haD arranged various events including Musical evenings, Talks, discussions between eminent personalities from India and Pakistan promoting the message.

I am neither supporting nor against towards this movement as a free minded person, not being fanatically trained in a Fundamentalist institute and not having a vengeful violent demeanor.  But I have still not forgotten those 48 hours when the commercial capital of India: ‘Mumbai’ was ravaged and marauded by a bunch of zealots. Those 48 hours when the humanity was helpless and was vanished at will. No discrimination was rendered between men, women and children; all were slaughtered mercilessly. And after almost two years to that event, our dear Neighbor is still to accept the responsibility behind those attacks. There has been continuous ping pong between the Bureaucracies of the two nations, one presenting evidence and the other denying it as insufficient.

This is not the first time this has happened; Pakistan has been supporting Infiltration of Indian Borders since decades. Jammu and Kashmir has burnt incessantly in the offensive for that piece of land called ‘Kashmir’. When TOI has forgotten Mumbai, I can’t even expect them to remember Kargil war, when the friendly visit from Vajpayee was retorted with a war. But then, what should I expect from a Nation which refused to accept the bodies of their own soldiers.

India as a Country has had history of never indulging in an offensive without provocation. We never have gone and disturbed anybody’s peace, on the other hand we have had a very good record of helping nations to come out of calamities e.g. Bangladesh, Afghanistan. But this goodwill of India sometimes hurts me a lot when we are not able to make nations like Pakistan pay for their wrongdoings, but then I remember, we as a country have always believed in the faculty of Ahimsa (non violence).

So thinking of that, I still condole myself that India will never attack an enemy proactively, but then I don’t expect movements like ‘Aman Ki Asha’ happening, which just dilutes all the grief and misery that our nation has had to go through. Why do we always want to tame the obstinate brat, who has its eyes covered with hatred and vengeance? Why are we the one who will go out of our way with a polite smile and a banner of friendship, when they still shelter Al Qaida and Lashkar-e-Taiba on their lands? Why should we hold an Olive branch, when their politicians are stubborn and far from reality in their opinions and perceptions?

Proponents say ‘Don’t mix Politics with relations’. When were they ever separate? Is it possible to have friendly people to people relations, when the politicos are at loggerheads? Is it possible to have Music, trade relations with them, when the terrorists bred over there are bombing our cities? Haven’t we tried enough, Atif Aslam is a big star in India, Javed Sheikh is a well known actor from Pakistan acting in Bollywood movies, Wasim Akram was the bowling coach of KKR. But this one sided love will ever bear any fruit, I highly doubt it.

Nowdays, Pakistan is burning in their own deeds, the Taliban that they gave shelter to during Afgan war, is now their nemesis. Their economy is shattering and none of their cities are safe, no country wants to visit them for sports. But have they learnt their lessons? Answer is unanimous and emphatic- NO. So why are we acting like a frustrated one sided lover and running like a puppy waging our tails behind them. We should take a clue from an ad by Fast Track which says – Move On!! That’s what we should do. Stop completely the unilateral shower of affection; build up bureaucratic pressure to accept involvement in Mumbai Terror. And then leave them alone as they will struggle to suppress rising influence of Taliban and Al Qaida, and ultimately the super hero USA will have to take care of the mess.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2010 1:43 pm

    Nice post and well said. We have extended the hand of friendship for a very long time but for no purpose.

  2. May 29, 2010 10:15 am

    Only if talks and such platforms are going to yield anything. problem is not with the people of both countries but with the politicians.

    I recently attended an event organized by some Pakistani expats in Delhi and Pak HC was one of the speakers… Poor man had to leave half way because the Pakis were bashing up their system and Govt on an Indian platform…

    • May 29, 2010 1:40 pm

      Thanks Pallavi !! You reinforced my point, Talks wont help until and unless there is intent behind it. Keep droppin in !!

      • May 29, 2010 2:06 pm

        Okay call me sadist or whatever- on a lighter side, I did enjoy having Pakis for dinner that day at the seminar. The way thry were accusing each other was a sight to see and that too in front of hundred of Indians. They sure did make a fool of themselves.

        • May 29, 2010 2:18 pm

          Well then, i wudn’t call you a sadist, but i will call Pakistan a big stupid country, as they bred Taliban and look how they are suffering now.

          • May 29, 2010 2:22 pm

            Point! But all said and done.. Pakistan is one country which I want to visit to see how come we are so similar yet so different

          • May 29, 2010 2:25 pm

            Yupp sure do..But do take a look at Taliban’s schedule of blasts there before finalizing your itinerary 😉

          • May 29, 2010 2:27 pm

            Well with Maoists, Naxalites and other militant activities in our own country (maybe not that frequent) it is hard to predict what will happen when. Last I read, even US and UK also issued a red alert and are no longer ‘safe’.

  3. May 27, 2010 7:38 pm

    If only more people would read about this..

  4. May 20, 2010 4:49 am

    I believe that talks with Pakistan is the only possible option. I disagree with you on the point that India does not attack without provocation. India attacked the then East Pakistan and “liberated” Bangladesh from the rest of Pakistan. India sent troops to the Maldives to prevent a coup (Rajiv Gandhi’s friend was about to be overthrown). We should also not forget the fact that we trained, equipped and funded the Tamil militants in Sri Lanka until they came back and bit us by assassinating Rajiv Gandhi.

    • May 20, 2010 11:13 am

      Hey Thanks Hari for the comments. I agree with you that Talks are the only option, but initiative should be from both sides and they should be condition based talks from India’s side. Secondly, India never attacked any country for their selfish interest, case in point Bangladesh. And India training LTTE commanders is not a proved and reliable corollary.

  5. Vartika permalink
    May 19, 2010 5:45 pm

    Aman Ki Asha, although being an initiative of TOI, am sure it has no less a backing from our dear politics and corporate world! Else, it wouldn’t have survived so far.
    Agree with you, indifferent atttitude from Pak is not a shocker.

    Keep the posts coming. They are refreshing. 🙂

    • May 19, 2010 6:01 pm

      Thanks a lot Vartika…keep watching this place, posts will keep coming. 🙂

  6. May 19, 2010 12:38 pm

    I doubt India will change her attitude towards Pakistan and vice versa. India has received nothing but pain and suffering our neighboring country, yet it continues to initiate projects like ‘Aman ki Asha.’
    India is barking up the wrong tree.

    • May 19, 2010 12:51 pm

      Hey Enigma,
      You are becoming a regular visitor here, thanks a lot.
      I completely agree with you, Pakistan is like a dog’s tail, it will be twisted forever.
      Thanks for visiting.

  7. May 19, 2010 11:52 am

    why should we lick theirs tes***ls….we should hit them … !!!

    • May 19, 2010 12:09 pm

      Hi Suneet, updated your comment lil bit. Thanks for droppin in …
      See Suneet, hitting wouldn’t be the option that India will take. But yes not taking steps like not initiating movements like “Aman Ki Asha” would be advisable.

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