If there is one aspect that Narendra Modi has definitely mishandled (very) badly, it is Pakistan policy. We have seen nothing but confusion on this front. The nadir was reached when the Prime Minister showed up on Nawaz Sharif’s birthday. No wait…the nadir was reached when Pakistan’s ISI came to our soil to investigate the Pathankot terror attack. What was gained from this will always be an abiding mystery….
But finally, finally we have seen some “green shoots” (the color is ironic, I know) in the Modi government’s Pakistan policy. Here’s to hitting exactly the right note:
Precisely! FINALLY…finally someone is asking the right questions. Why on earth must India allow itself to be lectured by the Pakistani government and intellectual terrorists from Arun***i Roy to Kanhaiyya Kumar regarding Kashmir? The real international issue should be Pakistan having to answer the world on atrocities in PoK (including in Gilgit Baltistan) and Balochistan. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan are among the most oppressed people in the whole world. Even whatever little tottering democracy Pakistan has is denied to those people: they do not even get to vote for any representatives in Pakistani parliament, they even need an “exit visa” from the Pakistani Army to travel outside Gilgit Baltistan into Pakistan.
The real human rights tragedy in the Indian subcontinent is not Kashmir, but Balochistan. But of course liberals would never be interested in Balochistan. Why? Because liberals are basically parasites who live off the fat of the land. The corridors of Lutyens Delhi actually have something to offer, which is why liberal parasites go there to feast. They wouldn’t care about Balochistan, because Pakistan does not have any extra fat that the liberals can eat. Pakistan is a beggar itself. How will it feed the parasites?
Have you ever wondered why liberals never take on peaceful countries but only worry about “human rights violations” in US and Europe? Because these wealthy countries have a lot of extra fat for the parasites to feed on..
Coming back to Balochistan, this is without doubt a historical failure and a missed opportunity for India. It has always been a full toss ball right there for the hitting. Instead of hitting it out of the stadium and putting Pakistan on the mat over its conduct in Balochistan, we have been stupidly defensive, trying to explain our actions in Kashmir. Perception is everything and when a country spends that much time explaining why they are innocent, people begin to suspect that they MUST be guilty. That’s what has happened to India.
For now, Modi has decided to turn the tables. Forget Kashmir. What is there to talk about? We are a sovereign democratic country and we know what we are doing. We have nothing to explain. It is time for the wild, chaotic, failed state next door to explain what they are doing in Balochistan. It’s sort of amazing as well as pathetic that we have not been able to capitalize on this issue…despite the fact that Pakistan has ZERO international credibility. This should have been super easy. I can’t believe we are only starting NOW!
The question is whether Modi can stay the course. If he can hold on to this line, he will enjoy the legacy of being the Prime Minister who decisively turned around the India-Pakistan equation. We won all the wars, but we have been failing at this insidious rudaali game over “human rights” being played by Hafiz Sayeed certified intellectuals in India.
As an added bonus, Modi gets to make the lemmings in the Opposition take the most suicidal political positions:
Of course they will blindly oppose anything Modi does… Please use this fact to your advantage, Mr. Prime Minister. Against both Pakistan and the Opposition. The lines between the two have become really blurred anyways…
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PS: 1) I am guessing the PM will use the Red Fort tomorrow to speak on attacks on Dalits. Let me see if I win this bet.
2) Oh…and its August 14th today. A very Happy Independence Day to all our intellectuals…