Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Solving the Kashmir problem

Omar Abdullah said recently that to solve the Kashmir problem a political dialogue is necessary.

But dialogue with whom ? Pakistan and the separatists want azadi for Kashmir, so what is the point of having a dialogue with them The Kashmir imbroglio continues, stoked up by Pakistan.

I submit that the Kashmir problem can never be solved until India and Pakistan ( and Bangladesh ) reunite under a secular government.

There are some people who talk of improving relations between India and Pakistan. I submit that these people are living in a fools' paradise.

There can never be good relations between India and Pakistan, because Pakistan was created to ensure that there are hostllities and tension between the two, for two reasons (1) India does not emerge as a modern industrial giant, and thus become a rival to Western industries (2) India and Pakistan remain big importers of foreign arms, thus ensuring sales of arms industries of Western countries, and thus spending huge amounts on purchase of these weapons, money which could be spent on the welfare of our own people. http://www.catchnews.com/…/arms-race-india-s-expenditure-on…

I have said in my article ' The Truth about Pakistan ' ( which was published in the Pakistani newspaper ' The Nation , and is available online ) that Pakistan is a fake, artificial country created on the basis of the bogus two nation theory

What is Pakistan ? It is Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, and NWFP, which were all part of India since Mughal times.
When I meet Pakistanis I feel no different from them. We speak the same language, Hindustani ( called Hindi by us and Urdu by them), we look like each other, share a common culture, e.g. love for Urdu poetry and classical Indian music, the same dress and food ( biryani, etc ). In foreign countries Indians and Pakistanis mix and socialize as if Partition has never taken place.

Pakistan was created on the basis of the bogus two nation theory, that Hindus and Muslims are two separate nations. If religion is the basis of a nation, then hardly any nation in the world could survive. Britain will have to be partitioned into about 10 'nations', Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic,Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, etc. So also U.S.A. Russia, France, Germany, etc. Almost all countries have people of different religions.

So what will talks between India and Pakistan achieve ? If there really are good relations between India and Pakistan, then the very purpose of creating Pakistan will cease to exist.

As for talks with separatist leaders, they will only keep chanting ' azadi '.
So what is the solution ?

The solution is reunification of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh under a strong, secular government which does not tolerate religious extremism of any kind and crushes it with an iron hand This reunification, though bound to happen, will probably take a long time, because those who have divided us will not let us easily reunite, and we have to wage a long, arduous struggle to attain this objective. This reunification will automatically solve the Kashmir problem too, but till then the problem will continue.

Some people say that India and Pakistan were divided a long time back and much water has flown since then, and now it is not possible to reunite. They forget that Germany was reunited in 1990 after 45 years of separation, and China has not yet recognized Taiwan.

Many people say that this idea of reuniting is only a dream. But when Mazzini spoke of unification of Italy he was called a dreamer, and yet his dream came true under Cavour and Garibaldi.
Still others say that we cannot reunite because there is great deal of hatred between the people of the two countries.In fact this hatred was artificially created by the British divide and rule policy ( see my article ' The Truth about Pakistan ' ), and with re-education can be eliminated. People of both countries want decent lives, and want to get rid of poverty.

The worst thing in life is poverty, and the test of every system is one and only one : does it raise the standard of living of the people ? 

. India must reunite because the only way to abolish poverty, unemployment and our other socio-economic ills is rapid industrialization, for only with a huge industry will we able to generate the wealth required for the welfare of our people. But for such a huge industry we must have a huge market, because the goods produced have to be sold. Therefore far from dividing India we must reunite if we are to escape from poverty and other social ills. The demand for azadi for Kashmir or any other part of India totally overlooks this, and is reactionary.

We already have thousands of competent engineers, managers, technicians, scientists, etc in our country. Once we reunite we will also have tremendous natural resources and a huge market for a powerful, widespread industry, and this huge industry will generate millions of jobs for our unemployed youth. Only then we will be able to escape from poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, lack of healthcare and our other social ills.

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