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Indo – Pak Relations – Give our kids a chance! April 4, 2010

Posted by Gomathi Reddy in Desi Indian, General, News and Current Affairs, Personal, Politics, Uncategorized, Women and Children.
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Kids don’t read magazines, don’t have the patience to pick up newspapers, but are constantly glued to some new media device, or the other.  E-mails, chats, online identities are quite a rage with kids, and they don’t really understand what they are getting into.

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3D Company

Recently, one of the emails they were sharing, and giggling over, had some brutal nonsensical comments about Pakistan and Pakistanis.  I scrolled down and got to see the entire path of chain mail from responsible adults – adults from IT companies, army officers, bureaucrats, top executives, mothers at home,  passing the joke on – and it takes on a whole new turn, as it reaches a kid’s Inbox.  And a picture is worth a thousand words – and so it is.  The mail was peppered with these relatively mild images, and lot more, not worth polluting my blog with.

I am sure, some of these images are far beyond the comprehension of a 11-year-old – they don’t understand either the satire, or the absolute truth behind these images.  But they circulate these to their friends, discuss it over lunch – because they like to feel that they are adults and they too can have intellectual conversations.  But does anybody understand how it can corrupt young Indian minds or for that matter, an equivalent e-mail portraying Indians in bad light, can do to children on the other side of the border?

Indo-Pak relations are important to the average right thinking citizens of the sub-continent, and to the future of these two countries, not in terms of polity or geography – but in terms of how to keep it going for our future generations.  As Times of India is carrying on the Aman Ki Asha campaign, just like a few other handful sincere initiatives in the past, we(Pakistanis and Indians) as people, still feel alienated from each other – just because a bunch of bureaucrats, politicians and media barons…and now e-mails on either side, decide to keep political issues simmering and alive.

There is much we can do to foster togetherness, between the peoples of these two countries, if every citizen begins to understand the value of peace.

  • Agreed, we would like to be seen as the martyrs suffering in silence.  I for one, can’t still get over the Mumbai carnage – But I also understand that all Pakistanis are not terrorists, as much as all Indians are not Mahatma Gandhis.
  • Agreed, that we give a word to the people of Kashmir that they can decide to choose their political standing, call them an integral part of India, conduct elections, win them in the name of democracy, have the army in full swing there all year round, give our fellow Indians (Kashmiris) the pleasure of having to bear the brunt of brutality from both sides of the border, never do much for their people’s issues, in fact become perpetrators of violence on innocent people in the name of security….all because they are a cat-on-the-wall state and we do not know where to make a start, other than to take the anti-Pakistan stance, every now and then, and use Kashmir as the tattered bait.
  • Agreed that our country has to keep upping its defence budget because Pakistan is always threatening to pull the trigger.
  • Agreed that we as a cultured nation have always felt uneasy having to take a stand, against uncultured rhetoric from across the border.
  • Agreed we are far ahead of them, on all spheres and would like to play the big brother in this region
  • Agreed we are a big market economy and we can arm-twist their political willy-nilly (read it as the USA)
  • Agreed we are what we are, because of our people and not because of the system.
FIIs

FIIs

But would it be nice, if Pakistan too is given a chance to become great, because of its people, and not lie in tatters, because of the system?

We can do our bit, by stopping this Pakistan bashing – in the media and on our e-mails.  With some empathy any one can  notice that most of the land called Pakistan, does not even have potable water, a basic primary school, a health care centre or even a sewerage system. And all those foreign returned Pakistanis don’t do much to their grass-roots issues, but spend all their time trying to solve or skew the political system of the country – for all their political leaders and intelligentsia, put together at one go.  And Indians can make it even tougher for the average Pakistani, by continuing to perpetrate their insecurities. It doesn’t do any good for the future of both the countries.

It doesn’t do any good to raise the next generation, being watchful of their backs, all the time and wondering if they’d be termed as traitors:

  • If they begin to see people across the border as fellow human beings, with similar dreams and aspirations;
  • If they begin to enjoy the simple joys of being brothers and sisters across borders;
  • If they are willing to let go of the wounds of their previous generations and
  • If they are willing to take the next step together, as people of two nations with the same umbilical connections, who do not believe that scars have to be kept alive so that the political insanity can continue to kick, and find its purpose.

While there are the Ramzi Yousefs(the guy who planned and executed the Twin Tower bombing) there are also greatly talented Pakistanis in every field – Jansher Khan and Jahagir Khan (Squash), Dr.Abdul Qadeer Khan(the Nuclear Scientist), Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan(Qawwali), so many of them.   Inzamam Ul-Haq is as talented as our Sachin Tendulkar.  Sachin was just fortunate to be an Indian, and we are fortunate that he was born on this side of the border.

The Pakistanis too can do their bit, by stopping their India bashing.  But, I still feel, that the average Indian or Pakistani know very little about each other, other than these media messages that go round and round, serving the ONLY known purpose of widening the gulf.   How can such madness ever be termed fun?

Let us nurture our children to be global citizens who believe in exploring opportunities and never exploiting others’ frailties. Our greatness must lie in how we treat others, with respect and with empathy.

India is a great nation – let our kids believe so, and carry that flag forward.  Let us give them a chance!

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