Stable Pakistan Not in India?s Interest
- From: pakistanpal@xxxxxxxxx (PakistanPolitics)
- Date: 12 Nov 2008 09:22:04 GMT
It is not Pakistan?s destiny to be an enemy of India. But there is no
doubt in my mind that the Indian ruling establishment [whatever that
means] is determined to continue being Pakistan?s enemy, whenever they
can. They will intervene to increase our misery when the time is
right, like they did in 1971, when it had nothing to do with them.
They will block our water when we are facing a food crunch, like now.
And they will seize chaos to move in and strike us where it hurts,
like they are doing today in Afghanistan, which has become a base for
exporting terrorism into Pakistan.
The Indian excels in doublespeak. The Indian government keeps telling
the gullible Pakistani leaders that ?a stable Pakistan is in India?s
interest?. The main purpose of this sales pitch is to convince
Islamabad that India is not training terrorists in Afghanistan and
sending them to Pakistan. But every now and then an honest Indian
comes along to burst the bubble and tell the truth. One such Indian is
Mr. Bharat Verma, the editor of the New Delhi-based Indian Defense
He has written an honest piece, Stable Pakistan not in India?s
interest, where he tells it like it is. The only place he errs is
where he pompously condemns India?s generosity in ?permitting? a
Muslim state on its western border.
Of course he forgets that his people have by and large been the slaves
of Pakistanis? ancestors who ruled the region for almost ten
centuries, plus the almost two centuries that Mr. Verma?s people spent
under the British. Pakistan is a historical continuation and is no
one?s gift. But for the sake of argument, there would not be India
today if not for the British, who made it possible by ending the reign
of Muslim India, or Greater Pakistan. In contrast, Pakistan would
still have existed, in some shape or form, as a continuation of a long
Such information must always be on our minds while reading for Indian
writers such Mr. Verma and the many other Indians who have been
allowed to write freely in Pakistani newspapers. It is unfortunate
because I am yet to see any Indian newspaper allowing a Pakistani
writer on its pages, unless of course the said Pakistani writer was
either criticizing Pakistan or conforming to the Indian worldview.
I thank Mr. Wasiullah Zafar for providing us the link. Do read this
piece if you get the time to understand the real Indian psyche, the
one that hides behind the endless rounds of peace talks between
Pakistan and India.
Stable Pakistan Not in India?s Interest
By Bharat Verma
Indians pose the biggest threat to the union of India. The reason is
simple. An average Indian does not constitute a nation but is merely
an individual. His personal well-being overrides all other
considerations including the national interests.
Therefore, many have begun to propagate parting of Kashmir in their
write-ups, since it does not belong individually to them. However,
imagine the hue and cry if their personal property and family is held
hostage by the terrorists. They will sing a different tune!
The blame lies with New Delhi. For the past sixty years, instead of
consolidating the Union, leaders encouraged divisiveness on the basis
of religion and caste for sheer vote bank politics. Instead of
unifying its citizenry with good governance and increasing their
stakes through prosperity, so that they may serve the cause of the
nation with honor, it has treated its citizens with unprecedented
shabbiness. The result is groups of citizens have risen against the
state, mostly for lack of economic progress and denial of justice.
Such disgruntled groups are being taken advantage of by the external
forces inimical to India.
There can never be unity in diversity. Unity requires a fair amount of
uniformity in laws throughout the Union.
That New Delhi is its own enemy became obvious, when it permitted the
creation of a pure Islamic State on its borders. This nation-state
contradicts every democratic and multi-cultural values dear to India.
Therefore, if New Delhi has not slept a wink since the creation of
Pakistan, it has no one except itself to blame!
Islamabad, besides the wars it imposed on New Delhi, extended its so-
called Islamic purity to the Kashmir Valley by instigating the locals
to carry out ethnic cleansing of the minority communities.
Hence, first we created a state with inbuilt characteristic of
fundamentalism, and extreme philosophy contrary to our professed
beliefs; then the monster in it started ethnic cleansing in the
Valley; and engineered demographic changes through Bangladesh in West
Bengal, Assam and the Northeast. Saudi Arabia and other Islamic oil-
rich countries pitched in with the petro-dollars in support. All in
the cause of the illusion called Ummah and establishing the Caliphate!
The Indian leadership for its personal vote-bank gains helped these
inimical forces by bringing the IMDT in Assam. Later, it was slammed
as illegal by the Supreme Court. Too late - the damage was done, as
the Union?s overburdened security forces, grapple with 15 million
illegal Bangladesh infiltrators creating mayhem in the society.
Islamabad, Dhaka, and now Kathmandu, spurred on by Beijing, have
united with the singular agenda to unhook the Valley and the Northeast
from the Union. In addition, they are instigating the Maoists who
control almost forty percent of the Union?s territory, to set up a
parallel government, and ultimately, like the Maoists in Nepal, win
the elections in pockets of their influence, and impose a regressive
authoritarian governments in tune with their own regime. Simple.
Brilliant. And yet, New Delhi, instead of consolidating and unifying
the Union, continues to divide its citizenry in religious or caste
In the past sixty years, New Delhi?s muddle-headed policies encouraged
Instead of ensuring diffusion of secular pan-Indian culture, and
integration of the society by encouraging Indians from all over to buy
and develop land and industry in the Valley and the Northeast, it
imposed restrictions on such settlements. Meanwhile, Pakistan and
Bangladesh exported their fundamentalist populations to change the
demographic hues in their interest. The ugly separatist face of the
agitation in the Valley today is the consequence of the dereliction of
the fundamental duty by the Union.
The trend needs to be reversed forcibly by integrating the Valley
firmly into the Indian mainstream by creating a secular mix of
population through industrialisation.
Many conveniently propose the myth that a stable Pakistan is in
India?s interest. This is a false proposition.
The truth is that Pakistan is bad news for the Indian Union since 1947-
stable or otherwise.
It is factually correct that Islamabad has enjoyed brief periods of
stability in the span of sixty years of its existence. However, during
these phases of stability, it continued to export terrorism, fake
currency, narcotics, and indulged in attempts to change demographics
on our borders, cultivated sleeper cells and armed groups inside our
territory to create an uprising at an appropriate time. Also, it
aligned with Beijing and other powers, in a mutually beneficial
scheme, to tie-down and ultimately cause a territorial split of the
With Pakistan on the brink of collapse due to massive internal as well
as international contradictions, it is matter of time before it ceases
Multiple benefits will accrue to the Union of India on such demise.
If ever the national interests are defined with clarity and
prioritised, the foremost threat to the Union (and for centuries
before) materialised on the western periphery, continuously. To defend
this key threat to the Union, New Delhi should extend its influence
through export of both, soft and hard power towards Central Asia from
where invasions have been mounted over centuries. Cessation of
Pakistan as a state facilitates furtherance of this pivotal national
The self-destructive path that Islamabad chose will either splinter
the state into many parts or it will wither away-a case of natural
progression to its logical conclusion. In either case Baluchistan will
achieve independence. For New Delhi this opens a window of opportunity
to ensure that the Gwadar port does not fall into the hands of the
Chinese. In this, there is synergy between the political objectives of
the Americans and the Indians. Our existing goodwill in Baluchistan
requires intelligent leveraging.
Sindh and most of the non-Punjabi areas of Pakistan will be our new
Pakistan?s breakup will be a major setback to the Jihad Factory, as
the core of this is located in Pakistan, and functions with the help
of its army and the ISI. This in turn will ease pressures on India and
the international community.
With China?s one arm, i.e. Pakistan disabled, its expansionist plans
will receive a severe jolt. Beijing continues to pose primary threat
to New Delhi. Even as we continue to engage with it as constructively
as possible, we must strive to remove the proxy. At the same time, it
is prudent to extend moral support to the people of Tibet to sink
Chinese expansionism in the morass of insurgency.
For a change, let us do to them what they do to us!
The chances of Central Asia getting infected with the Jihadi fervour
will recede. Afghanistan will gain fair amount of stability. India?s
access to Central Asian energy routes will open up. With
disintegration of ISI?s inimical activities of infiltration and
pushing of fake currency into India, from Nepal and Bangladesh will
cease. Within the Union social harmony will improve enormously. Export
of Islamic fundamentalism, with its 360-degree sweep from Islamabad,
will vanish. Even a country like Thailand will heave a sigh of relief!
Above all, the gathering storm of threat from a united group of
authoritarian regimes along our 14,000 km borders, orchestrated and
synchronised by Pakistan will dissolve.
At the height of the recent disturbances in the Valley, when a general
asked me for a suggestion to resolve the issue, I said: ?Remove
Pakistan. The threat will disappear permanently.? Today the collapse
of Pakistan as a state is almost certain. All the King?s men cannot
save it from itself.
Looking ahead, New Delhi should formulate an appropriate strategy for
?post-Pakistan scenario? to secure India?s interests in Central Asia.
It is intriguing, therefore, to hear New Delhi mouthing the falsehood
that stable Pakistan is in India?s interest. Perpetuation of such
illogic for vote-bank politics is harming consolidation and
integration of the Union. Short-sighted politicians as usual are
overlooking the national interest for the short-term personal gains of
Bharat Verma, Editor Indian Defence Review
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