Delhi’s extra mileMarch 2, 2010
Prime Minster Manmohan Singh has once again reiterated that “Delhi can walk the extra mile” if–this that and the other. This was the same line used by Jawahlal Nehru in 1948 about Kashmir. He kept on promising a plebiscite and kept on absorbing Kashmir into Bharat (aka India). This was the same line used by the leaders of Delhi in 1962 when the Chinese leaders had asked Pakistan to join in the battle and liberate Kashmir. Pakistan’s Ayub Khan ignored the advice of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and listened to the American promises on Kashmir. This is the same line used by Indira Gandhi in 1969 during talks on Kashmir. A couple of years later General Mankeshaw was recruiting 80,000 Hindus into the Mukti Bahni in the largest case of state sponsored and cross border terrorism known to the world. This is the same line used by Mr. Vaypayee while his cohorts were massacring 3000 Muslims in Gujarat.
Bharat has used the same line for China, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Lanka and Bangladesh. All have been victims of Bharati terror.
ON BOARD AIR INDIA ONE: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday reiterated that all problems between India and Pakistan could be resolved through meaningful bilateral dialogue if only Pakistan would take a more reasonable attitude to deal with terrorist elements who targeted India.
“I hope that the world community gets the right message that India is a victim of terrorism. That we have a situation where our neighbour has promised, unambiguously, not to allow its territory to be used for perpetrating terrorist acts directed against India and yet on the ground progress has been rather nil,” he said in reply to a question by this correspondent. The Prime Minister is returning home after a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia.
Elaborating, Dr. Singh said: “We are living today in an increasingly interdependent world and whosoever I meet — the world leaders — I convey to them that all problems between India and Pakistan can be resolved through meaningful bilateral dialogue if only Pakistan would take a more reasonable attitude in dealing with those terrorist elements who target our country.”
His observations came within hours of his address at the Majlis al-Shura in Riyadh, where he chose to dwell upon India-Pakistan relations, stressing that India can walk the extra mile to open a new chapter in relations between the two countries. “If Pakistan cooperates with India, there is no problem that we cannot solve.”
Dr. Singh’s observations at the Shura carry special significance as they were delivered in the land that is considered to be the cradle of Islam and he was bestowed the rare honour of addressing it.
Emphasising that India sought cooperation with Pakistan , Dr. Singh told the Shura members that India’s objective was permanent peace because it recognised that both the countries were bound by a shared future. “If there is cooperation between India and Pakistan, vast opportunities will open up for travel, trade and development that will create prosperity in both countries and in South Asia as a whole. But to realise this vision, Pakistan must act decisively against terrorism.” Manmohan: we can walk extra mile if Pakistan cooperates by Vinay Kumar, “Islamabad must deal with terrorist elements who target India” .
The Saudi parliament was in stitches at the speech made by Mr. Manmohan Singh. They went home laughing–calling their banker to transfer more funds to the Lashkars, Jaishes, and Jamaats in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Bharat has been talking for six decades and has been unable to resolve a boundary dispute with any of her neighbors. She has been promising talks to Pakisitan without any results.
Assured failure: Why talk with India?
Peace is always in the mutual interest of parties tied up in conflict. One party does not do the other party any favors. It is the height of arrogance to convey the impression that peace talks are a reward for good behavior of one party. By portraying Pakistan as the guilty party, Delhi sabotages any prospect for peace. If the Americans and the Russians can smoke the peace pipe, so can the Indians and the Pakistanis–however it has to be done on the basis of dignity and mutual respect, not diktat and dictation.
Delhi’s extra mile
IT was interesting to see Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir adopt a strong position on the dialogue with India once he had crossed back into Pakistan from what was to all intents and purposes a futile dialogue in New Delhi. He declared quite correctly that India needed to alter its perception about Pakistan which was not desperate to pursue a “cosmetic” dialogue process with India. He also referred to India’s pursuit of “petty issues” while Pakistan sought the resumption of the composite dialogue process.
Assured failure: Why talk with India?
Pakistan seeks peace with India as an equal partner, not as a reward for good behaviour
Unfortunately, the main issue remains why Pakistan chose to go to New Delhi […] The gap between the two sides was evident from the inability to even do a joint press conference, let alone put forward a joint statement. So what was the point of wasting the country’s meagre resources and take this meaningless trip to New Delhi?
India Pakistan meet fails as expected. Why talk?
Islamabad Delhi Peace talks on basis of equality.
Pakistan should stop showing enthusiaism for resumption of meaningless dialogue with Delhi
India has also not altered its hard line posturing, with India’s External Affairs Minister Krishna telling Parliament that the composite dialogue could only be resumed after restoration of “greater trust”. This is a diplomatic joke since there is no trust to begin with so it is not an issue of “greater trust” being restored, but of some basic trust being established. And that can only come through a meaningful dialogue where the two sides move towards conflict resolution. Mere dialogue on peripheral issues will not create any trust whatsoever. Of course, right now the Indians are playing a “blow hot, blow cold” diplomatic game with Pakistan. On the one hand we have Krishna’s statement and on the other hand, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, outside of India, declares in Saudi Arabia that Pakistan and India have no choice but to talk to each other as dialogue is the only option for them. Pakistan should not be fooled by empty words which are not reflected in the Indian leadership’s actions.
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With all these seemingly contradictory but actually well-orchestrated statements coming out of New Delhi, Pakistan needs to step back and play a waiting game before continuing with the present futile dialogue. Unless India is prepared to talk through the composite dialogue framework, there is little purpose in having more “dialogue” meetings. India’s real intent is reflected in its new $32 billion defence budget – a four percent increase, signifying a growing militarization of India’s external policies. The message from New Delhi could not be clearer for Pakistan.
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THE PAKISTANI RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF THREATS: Mountbatten, Nehru, Mohandas Gandhi, Indira, Kruschev, Johnson, Carter, Kissinger, Nixon, Gorbachev, Clinton, Armitage, Bush, Karzai, Vajpayee, Singh, Petraeus, Obama have all threatened Pakistan: The Pakistanis are used to it…so what else is new?!! Pakistan’s Nuclear Missiles & Plutonium bombs repudiate the attacks
There is much in common between India and Pakistan, but there is much that separates the countries. Mere cultural affinity and anathema to religion cannot wish the differences away. Bharat must recognize that Pakistanis do not see Delhi as the perfect model to emulate on anything. Therefore Delhi must stop wishing for a Pakistan in its own image. There are many routes to success, and Pakistanis admire the Chinese a lot more than they admire Indians.
It is not Delhi’s god given right to rule Kabul. Nor does Bharat extend from Kabul to the Raj Kalhani in the East. Bharati religions preach the eternal history of Bharat beyond its borders. If Bharat is a secular country then this transnational dreams of a greater Bharat must be brought back to reality. Every time Adhvani and Modi open their mouths, peace is sent back a decade.
Good relations with Pakistan begin with better treatment of Muslims in Bharat–beginning with the Kashmiris, but not just limited to them. The Gujaratis and the other downtrodden Muslims in Bharat must be treated as equal citizens, and things must move beyond tokenism (Azad, Fakharuddin & Kalam).