Blood Or WaterMarch 10, 2010
Power vacuum on the streets of Islamabad is visible. Sovereignty and Freedom seem like fabled tales of the past. India declaring war on Pakistani waters fell more than just on one deaf ear. Those who eat, drink, drive and live-off of taxpayer’s money, have no concern whatsoever of the 71 percent population who put their flesh and blood into agriculture, which drives the economy of this country. Then again, why would the higher ups in Islamabad be bothered? Their kids aren’t the ones dying of hunger. By the time there are food shortages and economic crisis in the country, they would be on their way to a Newfoundland, far far away. There they would write books and deliver lectures on, ‘How to rip-off a third world nation’. Till that time comes, lets just smile and have our pictures taken with Krishna and Shivshankar to show the people, ‘we care’. Fact of the matter is when there are dams and hydro-electric projects to be constructed, these very people are at each other’s throats, but when a neighbouring country blocks a whole river, they people act deaf and dumb. That’s probably because they have nothing to politicize. Patriotism, self-respect, equality are the words that these people have buried in Museums and Libraries. Ethnic, linguistic and a cultural divide are the factors that score points in our dirty politics.
Instead, a humbly-clad, simple man has stood up vowing to fight for the rights of Pakistan against India. In his support came farmers who marched their tractors across streets of Lahore as a protest. They held banners and chanted slogans against India. Hafiz Saeed promised to take these protests to all corners of the country.
Hafiz Saeed has featured in many a nightmares for the Indian Junta. The chakra-winning Intel service of India has recently had a new job-description, Research and Analyze Water (RAW). Perhaps the field work was too difficult for the chaps in the unforgiving terrain of Pakistan and Afghanistan that they were sent on a mission where they actually did something useful for a change. Their job; digging tunnels in Jammu and Kashmir diverting water that is lawfully Pakistan’s. For a nation that claims itself to be ‘shining’, and a ‘future economic superpower’, India has fallen to a new low by stealing water. Nations that don’t take the moral high ground usually don’t last long. People don’t stand by leaders who don’t stand for anything. Dignity and honour are words alien to the current Indian leaders who have forgotten that Gandhi went on a hunger strike when India refused to give Pakistan its due share of 550 million rupees after the independence.
Hindustan Times claims that India has gone out of its way in maintaining the treaty, even in times of war, 1965, 1971, and that shortage of water is because of Internal Rivalry amongst provinces in Pakistan. Promoting this idea of internal rivalry, India is stifling debate on an international level. Now the question arises, if India didn’t stop waters flowing in Pakistan even in times of a declared war, when she could have easily justified to do so, why the need now? Has India run out of options? Why is she suddenly so desperate to use her final cards which she kept safe even for so long? What are pundits in New Delhi thinking that is giving them shivers despite a fragile political system? A change in socio-political structure across the border perhaps? Perhaps not. Only time will tell.