With a striking contrast prevailing in us while we revere our neighbors by calling them brothers and on the other we mercilessly harm them and dislike their very existence next to us. This hypocrisy emerges as a bleak scenario in the living century.
Well acquainted of the Indo-Pak enmity which born out of a bloody partition in 1947 and trapped in an endless cycle of conflict following the Kashmir issue being the bone of contention between the two countries. This is a topic that thrills both the sides disrupting harmony. Indeed the peace where we claim to resolve dispassionately and realistically.
All of were destined with limiting choice of either an Indian or a Pakistani. If the good lord had consulted the people on the subject, they would’ve chosen a country more affluent unconcerned with religious and border issues with no disputes. Especially disputed territory.
Over the years, it has grown so severe with issues of terrorism and wars that its resolution appears an issue itself. The Mumbai attack and Kargil War have left imprints that need to be solved with the generation worth handling it!
Both the countries are home to billion beating hearts whose dreams grow big with each passing day; both have slums and multiplexes existing side by side and aspirants with dreams striving in universities and whose noisy roads hold an attribute of industrialization. Our roots of culture and tradition stands almost at par which is evident in daily lives.
Past generations of previous two centuries have literally put in their souls not to see us battling with no conclusion. They did their part of unification. We shall now take it to higher level of resolving socio-economic problems and becoming competent partners and bonded neighbors.
Every other year or when a new government forms, both the countries express willingness to begin a new chapter of bilateral relations but at the end, all efforts waters down and then we are back on each other’s neck.
How many more innocent lives do we want? Whom does it benefit? No one can become powerful by being cruel to the innocent people. The world can’t afford a new war. It would not be in anybody’s interest. Wars will only destroy the limited institutions that exist in our countries. Infact, there is more to each of our lives than this gore and bloodshed.
It is high time that we improve relations with each other which in the long run is the single important prerequisite of peace and stability. It has been two-third of a century into both our country’s independence and yet we are stuck on the same page. Instead, we must have more of exchange programmes that would enrich our culture and social being which we can easily associate with.
Let’s try to see virtue in each other and focus on solution instead of problem. Practicing forgiveness isn’t the only right way to live but also the healthy way.
Let’s think it over! In the words of Swami Vivekanand ; Awake, rise and be enlightened.