Thursday, January 21, 2016
Having Pakistan as an enemy only degrades India
Respectable nations have appropriately formidable enemies. Once upon a time when Indian kingdoms didn't cover even a quarter of the landmass of present day just northern India , we faced and defeated Seleucids, Scythians, Huns, Arabs and Turks all of whom defeated pretty much every other major power in their wake.
Nowadays we deal with a third rate nation who were only recently goat and sheep herders whose core ethnic group isn't even martial as they like to claim. In the entire history of Pakistan , the only powerful native kingdom with any kind of pull was Maharaja Ranjit Singh's.
And all those aforementioned were defeated by peoples of Ganga Yamuna and Godavari basins.
No wonder in the face of this utter embarrassment, the Islamic Republic coopts other peoples as their heroes such as Mohd Bin Qasim ,Mahmud Ghazni, Mohammad Ghori or Ahmad Shah Abdali much to the irritation of other countries who have a stronger claim on them.
Compared to those earlier dynasties, the modern day Republic of India is immeasurably more powerful and yet Pakistan is allowed to exist. Why? Not only this, what is more shameful , in the worlds eyes we are Punch and Judy -little more than a quarreling couple. In other words, Pakistan has succeeded in achieving perceived parity with India in the international community.
Pakistan in reality is worse than a paper tiger. It is a sock puppet for China and America with a dash of GCC money thrown in for good measure.
We did not help matters by forcing into becoming a nuclear power in 1998 . This move was one of the stupidest military and foreign policy decisions in Indian history. All to garner votes rather than any long term strategic vision.
Foreign policy is much a like a very cliquish girls high school - the more beaming the smiles, the more vicious the agendas. Pakistan may gnash and gnarl at us but the real enemy really lies to the rather civil and genteel behemoth to the north of our borders. American support for Pakistan is (no longer) due to an anti India bias but chalk it up to lethargic Defense and State Department who are still stuck in the Cold War era dinosaurs that they are. It may take a couple more 9/11s for them to wake up, if so I will just shrug my shoulders and taunt them "What took you so long"?
Neither the average Indian nor the establishment want to face the fact the real enemy is China, the same country which swallowed up a friendly nation which hosts one of our most sacred sites, and should be dealt with accordingly.
But we don't want to do that. Because it will entail us to recognize our greatness. So much better to be a 3rd tier power and wallow in our slavery, filth, ignorance and poverty. But not to worry, this individual already believes we are a hyper power where our laborers have 120 IQ and films like these can convince us of the awesomeness of our men in uniform.
Judging from the popularity of these two media, I think Indians have made their choice for now.