Indian PM said money doesn’t grow on trees. It does grow on a tree named PEACE However it is gobbled up by a ghost named WAR.
India is a much much larger country with a very small heart; and even a smaller mind. However, the fact remains, that there can be no peace in the sub-continent, without the consent of India.
Pakistan is already continuously in a state of war, since 1979; and is hardly making its both ends meet. Under the prevalent situation, India had two choices.
Firstly, to go the easy way of further destabilizing Pakistan, by reducing relations to the bare minimum, keep building physical pressure on Pakistan, with acts of sabotage and insurgency from its bases in Afghanistan; and through its international stooges, like the current government of Bangladesh.
Secondly, India had the chance to offer sincere hand of friendship, help and extend support to Pakistan, so that it comes out of its quagmire.
If India had opted for the second option, no doubt Pakistan would have been indebted to India forever; with the result that most importantly, the Kashmir issue, which has become such a financial and political burden for India, would have been eased out much peacefully and amicably, than one could ever have imagined.
Besides the foregoing, the huge gains of economic and political mileage to India, may have made it a bigger player in the world arena, than China.
India’s export target of USD 200 billion for year 2010-11 seems far behind, if compared with China, whose exports in a single month exceeds USD 200 billion.
The main secret of China’s exceptional economic performance is its peace policy towards Taiwan. For India, if it has decided not to play as a second fiddle to China, peace with Pakistan, should be the corner stone of its foreign & economic policy.
The present policy of just buying time to wait and see Pakistan falling down is in fact, hurting India more in economic & strategic terms.
Just imagine, the shape of India & its influence in the world if, at present, its exports were for example USD 3000-3600 billion per annum. It is high time India recognized its potential, realized the dividends of peace and must not settle for less, more so when both, China & Pakistan are nuclear powers.
Moreover, India must have that much self confidence that even if Pakistan wants, it can’t conquer India. So, the onus is on the bigger neighbor to go an extra mile, in pursuit of peace and as a minimum, immediately allow viewing of all Pakistani TV channels in India, restoration of full sporting and cultural relations and unilateral withdrawal of all its military from Siachin; and then see the un-imaginable dividends of these steps.
For Pakistan, acrimony in relations with India is no more an option and similarly for India shallow peace initiatives is a mere time waster.
The only option for India is GENUINE & AUTHENTIC peace in the region from Afghanistan to SriLanka. In this way, the biggest dividend which will accrue to India is the change of Chinese attitude towards India, as well.
So India must see the intrinsic benefits of peace and shun any hegemonic designs, with not only Pakistan, but all it’s neighbors.
Nowadays, even a country like Bhutan can’t be invaded; so, why to waste so much resources on military matters, when the strength of a nation lies in eliminating poverty and ignorance, like Switzerland, which doesn’t even possesses a regular Army and easily survived in both world wars.
Still, India is banking on its policy of playing the waiting game, to make Pakistan as much week as possible, so that in future, it’s status is no more than the state of Bhutan.
Here, again the myopic Indian policy, which is basically pursued because of lack of any statesman in India, is keeping hundreds of teeming millions of sub-continent, into poverty and ignorance.
Firstly, India must remember that a stable and progressive Pakistan, standing on its own strong feet, is far more in benefit for India, rather than the vice versa.
Secondly, covert or overt war is not a viable and sensible option, either for India or Pakistan; and this is an absolutely ruled out option as well.
Thirdly, it’s the rule of nature that any larger nation focussing all it’s energy and resources, in competition with a smaller nation, drags itself, at least mentally, to the level of that small country.
The decadent myopic policy of waiting game, to see the demise of nuclear Pakistan, is not going to serve India, either in short or long term.
So, my advice to the Indian leadership and intellegensia is, to not only think and act like a large nation, but, also to behave like a large country.