Pakistani Menace – Options for India

Pakistan since its creation in 1947, on the demand of its people that they have a separate religion and for that reason they are a separate nation, has been an enigma for India. There has been a sharp dichotomy in the stand on the basis of which this nation was created. All those persons in the undivided India who held the belief that their religion decided their nationhood naturally had migrated to the newly created Pakistan. But all persons holding that religion did not go to Pakistan. What was their logical stand in staying back this side of the boarder?

India had rejected the argument that the religion of people should decide their nationhood. In consonance with this view, this country stuck to its consistent stand that the religion of a people had nothing to do with their nationhood and it proclaimed that India was to tread the path of secularism.

With this logical Indian stand it was assumed that all those persons who were professing that religion but had not gone to the other side of the divide had agreed to the Indian proposition that nation – Indian nation – was of the paramount importance and their religion was subservient to this paramountcy. Of course, this logic equally applied to all other persons professing different religions, including Hindus and Hinduism’s cognate religions like Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism.

This is the story of that part of a united India which was forced by circumstances to remain content with the parcel of land lying this side of the divide. So far so good.

But what about the other part of the united India that had gone to the other side?

Pakistan was founded on Islam and declared itself an Islamic republic. Theoretically there everything was subordinated to their religion. Their religion had a mandate and it was nationally agreed point that all national institutions had to serve this religious mandate.

Accordingly things like education, history and laws were purposely crafted to steer the nation in the service of this mandate. A population was raised in religious Madarsas, a bigoted army steeped in religion was put in place and a supposedly hallowed history starting with Mohd Bin Kasim was made the source of inspiration.

This is the thinking that made Pakistan entertain hostility against India and launch wars against it in 1948, 1965, 1971, 1999 (in Kargil) and a continuous slow-pace bleeding armed campaign with no end.

Kashmir issue is not the start or the end point for Pakistan for its mission against India.

India should be very clear of a  few facts in planning its befitting response to the Pakistan’s aggressive designs.

Firstly, Pakistan as a nation is based on their religious mandate of cleansing of the world – including India – of the kafirs or non-believers. India is their nearest enemy, old sour in their side and target of their first fury. Till Pakistan is what it is, India can not live in peace and security.

Secondly, Pakistan is the breeding ground of religious terrorism. Till Pakistan is what it is today, it is not only a danger to the security of India alone but of many others countries – far and near; in fact, none is safe from the self-blowing human bombs.

Thirdly, the world is what it is and must be reckoned as such and fit in within calculation of the response equation. China or the US or Russia – the current major world powers – all, have their own interests and strategy to kill two birds with one shot in the service of their respective national agenda. India should take this reality into account while balancing them and must take the Pakistan problem as its own problem. The dynamics of the ever shifting ‘centre of gravity of this balanced world’ should be constantly kept in my mind by India while devising its strategy from time to time in dealing with Pakistan.

Fourthly, Atomic weapons of Pakistan is a reality and India has to find a reasonable answer to that reality. Pakistan problem should be handled with a comprehensive approach.

What are the options available to India in meeting the challenge of this country?
1. Help Baluchistan freedom fighters in every possible way. Balochis are being exterminated as a people by Pakistan today. It is the moral obligation of world community to help them in the hour of their dire need. One can also take a leaf from history to learn a lesson: Soviet power was decimated by the United States of America not by direct confrontation but by helping the Bin Laden – Mulla Umar and company in Afghanistan with money and means.
2. Divert Sind River waters by unilaterally abrogating the Indus Water Treaty. This treaty is highly unjust for India and against equity. The required steps on the ground should be taken by India quickly and before China is able to aid Pakistan by constructing a storage facility for the (possibly) diverted Brahmputra waters.
3. Help and encourage the Pakistani thinking and sensible people, liberals, Sufi stream there. There is a large section of Pakistani population that realizes the unreasonableness of hostility towards India on the basis of religion. This section is all for the economic development of Pakistan and peaceful and friendly relations with India. They need an international welcome and support.
4. India should inform the international community in all forums and at every opportunity that the terrorism emanating from Pakistan is a danger to them all individually and to the international peace collectively. A united world opinion against this terrorism should be translated into treaties for sharing terror related information, combined operations, extradition criminals, isolating those who shelter or finance those criminals. It should be done at the war footing. Hold urgent conferences, leaders-meets, cooperating treaties with the willing parties.
5. India HAS TO BE READY to answer Pakistan nuclear blackmail. India would do the correct thing by taking a stand on atomic weapons that the danger of atomic war is not averted by sticking to the declared policy of ‘No First Use’ but this danger is averted, or at least further lessened, by a new policy of atomic-weapons countries that those who are ‘Most Likely to Use These Weapons First’ would not be allowed to use them first. It should be left to the international community to judge which of the atomic-weapons-holder countries is ‘Most Likely to Use’ them and to put the required mechanism in place. Till this international mechanism is put in place, India should declare this new policy temporarily that if Pakistan provokes India by its hostile acts enough it is not Pakistan but India that MAY use its atomic arsenal and not the other way round. Also India should get its own missile-shield, AWAKs etc. in place.
6. Develop technology fast and fast enough, at whatever cost. Put all planning and money in speeding up ‘Start Ups’ by removing any conceivable bottlenecks. Foreign investment must be welcome with red-carpet but with the condition of technology transfers / manufacturing facility on Indian soil. Foreign investment in obsolete technologies should be discouraged by applying stringent labour welfare laws and costly inputs for their facilities. In the cases of cutting-edge technologies, just reverse the treatment.
7. Along with the fast technological development, India must also advance speed of the development of her economy, again at whatever the cost – defeating in whatever way possible the internal political opposition to such growth. Internal political opposition to such move for fast pace on the part of the ruling dispensation is bound to come in our democratic country but it should be defeated by the adequate use of political acumen and strategy – all for the sake of making India strong and modern. Remember, recently China had thrown a challenge to India’s rising efforts by declaring: ‘We bet that India can not overtake China (as a world power) simply because we have no elections but in India Indians (opposition political leaders) will not allow India to overtake us’. It is a challenge to India and India must accept this challenge, and defeat this prophecy – by whatever political strategy that is needed in Indian democracy.
8. Coordinate with the anti-terrorist plans and initiatives of the countries that are the sufferers of this menace, be they US or Israel or Russia.
9. Try to create understanding with China; give the reasons to Chinese – loaded with their loss and profits – that they understand best.

And the last, but the most important, step is to guard the boarders – with the aid of force and technology, and particularly technology – against the infiltration of Pakistani terrorists; and replying fitingly any misadventure by that country.


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