Pakistan vs India
by The British Asian Blog
This post isn’t about a cricket game between these two great nations, although I wish it was. It’s very unfortunate that I start the year with a blog post of such nature, but I feel I need to express my views on a situation which potentially can escalate out of control.
In the last few days, tension between India and Pakistan has risen to a dangerous level, and the dangerous level between these two nuclear armed neighbours could potentially escalate into a regional war and bring further insecurity to this region.
I have returned from India just this weekend, after spending the entire December in Bangalore and Mumbai. This news first popped up on the radar on Sunday, when I was about to fly out of Bangalore to Manchester via a complicated-connecting flights, and instantly I realised that this was news that is likely to escalate, especially the way the media in India was so aggressively reporting.
India and Pakistan have lived together as one nation peacefully before. If it wasn’t for the ‘border’ which divides this nation into two – I believe these two countries (as one) would/could have been a serious contender for the worlds ‘next super power’. But you see, those who occupied India (the British) new of its potential and what it had to offer – fearing what could or can become in the future, they decided that while they made preparations to leave – they would leave a gift for this nation, a gift which would simply keep their power, focus and attention concentrated in its own territory forgetting about the rest of the world. This great gift came into two parts – the first part of the gift was the border and the second part of the gift was Kashmir.
Since the British exited from India, their gift to this nation has done exactly what they expected it to do. The border has divided a nation into two and Kashmir has been a place where both sides will not lose at any cost.
The recent events along the line of control between Pakistan and India has made me nervous – especially in the sense of what this can lead to if either side refuses to back down or avoid escalation of the issue. Now, some may argue that India started this aggression and provoked Pakistan into reacting others may argue that it was Pakistan who first crossed the line of control (LOC) into India – and to be fair, neither side will gain anything positive out of this but those who gifted this nation the border are probably sat back, sipping a cup of tea and having a laugh at the expense of India and Pakistan.
I don’t want to see these two great nations, armed to the teeth, ready to rip each other apart. I don’t want to see the development of both nations hindered to its borders when the world has become a smaller place. I definitely don’t want to see sectarian and religious violence to erupt especially since all religions have co-existed peacefully for centuries and the very fact that all religions in the region are prospering to this very day is a testament in itself of peaceful co-existence between them.
As a British Asian, I find it difficult to stomach how these two nations have been divided and that the only things which have come out of it are brutality, war, instability and arrogance.
Let there be love for two brothers separated by a wall.