An Indian Civilizational Perspective

My Interview on Pakistani Spectator

Today my interview was published on Pakistani Spectator – a Pakistani blog. I think it is a great blog to read about things on Pakistan. Here is an excerpt:

What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?

I think people are always the same but the state is what creates issues in the world. I feel that over the years, the Pakistani leaders have made some horribly wrong choices – which are showing up their ugly head now.

Also, Pakistan took the easy route of using its geography (strategic location) as opposed to the talent and strength of its people as its greatest asset to negotiate with the world. I think that was not a good move. A country is after all its people and only they can create or destroy it. I have found Pakistanis to be incredibly talented. Small country, but lots of awesome talent in all areas.

How the animosity between Indian and Pakistan can end in true and lasting manner?

Through understanding. I don’t believe any issue can be solved until there is understanding and appreciation of each other. Kashmir and other issues are symptoms not the cause of all the problems between India and Pakistan. From Indian standpoint, a lot of time was wasted in competing with Pakistan and engaging in unnecessary one-upmanship for so many years. I am happy that for last few years our own economic development has taken precedence over the conflict. Similarly, if a strong economic revival becomes the main goal of Pakistani Government, the conflicting interests will end between the two countries.

I also feel that many Pakistanis are mistaken in that Indians have not really “come to terms” with its existence because they criticize the “partition”. Although a lot of us believe that the events surrounding partition were not the best course to take for larger humanity, but once the states came into existence, no one now wants it to go back to the original situation or merge the two countries. I think everyone should live happily in their own house.

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9 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    It appears an exercise of self publicity, like publicising their own acts, something like a blasted bloke callled Kushwant singh is wont to do.

  2. Anonymous says

    Think Desh has hit the nail on the head. Pakistan and India are not so different, however the very existence of animosity is of great interest to the West and China. It is this animosity which creates impediments to the growth wheel!! Instead of allocating such enormous budgets year after year on weapons of mass destruction so much could be done for the betterment of the state!

  3. Desh says

    People should blow their own horns.. after all they are the only ones who know its tune! 🙂

  4. Desh says

    Thanks Anon.. and I agree.. I think Pakistan needs some calibration adjustment in its state policy. They have been off the mark for quite a long time. Their priorities were incorrect to start off with – when they chose assets like imports of cars or money, instead of getting Institutions like IITs from the West…

    …. and then they chose to use their people as cannon fodder for a vicarious “strategic depth” without any real intention of HELPING the Kashmiris. After so many decades.. the KAshmiris have suffered unimaginably due to a pie in the sky called religion. Pakistani leaders were able to vitiate a place which witness some of the greatest Saints and Rishis educate themselves to enlightenment.

    Oh well..

  5. Desh says

    People should blow their own horns.. after all they are the only ones who know its tune! 🙂

  6. Desh says

    Thanks Anon.. and I agree.. I think Pakistan needs some calibration adjustment in its state policy. They have been off the mark for quite a long time. Their priorities were incorrect to start off with – when they chose assets like imports of cars or money, instead of getting Institutions like IITs from the West…

    …. and then they chose to use their people as cannon fodder for a vicarious “strategic depth” without any real intention of HELPING the Kashmiris. After so many decades.. the KAshmiris have suffered unimaginably due to a pie in the sky called religion. Pakistani leaders were able to vitiate a place which witness some of the greatest Saints and Rishis educate themselves to enlightenment.

    Oh well..

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