The process of realization of the ideas of India and Pakistan seems to have followed the path of it’s principal founders, Nehru and Jinnah. Both had a convincing idea of India and Pakistan. Both derived it from their family, their neighbourhoods, their education and most importantly the people they chose to call friends later in their lives. Jinnah’s idea of an equally secular Pakistan, but one primarily based on the undeniable right for Muslims to a majority was as convincing as Nehru’s idea of an undivided secular nation with a Hindu majority. Jinnah had to fight for his idea while Nehru appeared the dignified statesman, yielding. The realization of their ideas seem to have traced an unmistakable parallel with their lives. Jinnah’s idea died with him, soon after Pakistan’s conception. India was considerably lucky in receiving the stewardship of Nehru in further crystallizing this idea for 17 more years. His idea, after his passing, over cyclical iterations of selfish and ambivalent governance, is now indistinguishable.
I was involved in my regular monthly catch-up conversation with my cousin in Bengaluru when she mentioned that an acquaintance of her had recently moved to Mumbai after living in Bengaluru for many years and that he needed some help in finding accommodation. She had given him my contact information. She also proceeded to narrate this person’s excitement at experiencing Mumbai first hand and how surprised he had been in finding the auto drivers and shopkeepers being so courteous. Anybody who has any experience dealing with auto drivers in Mumbai and Bengaluru will vouch for the professionalism of the man in khaki from Mumbai. For the rest, I’ll attempt to elaborate.
All hope is not lost though. To know this all one has to do is relive the time when Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif made the most sincere effort, at least in my memory, to date. The opening of many new civilian transportation channels is still the most effective approach to resolving this conflict. The friendship between the two leaders was irrepressible and the intent was equally clear. Together, both of them got the languid bureaucrats on both sides to get cracking on resolving petty issues.
Pakistan’s blind side” is the title of the editorial piece from Mr. Shashi Tharoor’s desk, arguably the most famous Indian diplomat, owing his reputation to years of service in the U.N. He is now an M.P. representing a constituency of Kerala.
The piece does not shed any new light on the state of affairs between the two neighbours, neither does it offer any innovative proposals. All opinions were paraded as if it were an imaginary line-up of the usual suspects. It would paint an even wry picture if you could conjure up the expressions on the faces of the characters in the line up of the poster for “The Usual Suspects”. India’s impotence at pressing it’s advantage of being powerful among the two can be very easily identified as a character in this line up. Pakistan’s suppressed acceptance of Jinnah’s failed dream but defiance against admitting so could be another. The list would go on.