It is reported today in the media that the Pakistan Prime Minister has appointed 22 members of the Pakistan Parliament to go around the world as special envoys to highlight the Kashmir issue, and he himself will address the U.N. General Assembly about it in September. Thus, it is evident that the Pakistan Govt. is hell bent on escalating the issue What should our response be ? I submit that the Indian Govt. should now derecognize that fake, artificial entity ( I refuse to call it a country ) called Pakistan.
As I have pointed out in my article ‘ The Truth about Pakistan ‘ ( which was published in the Pakistani newspaper ‘ The Nation ‘, and can be seen online and on my blog ), Pakistan was created as a fake, artificial country by the British in pursuance of their wicked divide and rule policy on the basis of the bogus two nation theory, that Hindus and Muslims are two separate nations..
Pakistan is not a country at all. What is Pakistan ? It is Punjab, Sind, Balochistan and NWFP. These were all part of India since Mughal times. When I meet Pakistanis I feel no different from them. We look like each other, speak the same language Hindustani ( called Hindi in India and Urdu in Pakistan ), share the same culture, etc. We were befooled by the Britishers into thinking we are enemies of each other, but how much longer must we remain befooled ?.How much longer must blood flow between Hindus and Muslims ?
Victor Hugo said ” There is one thing more powerful than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come “.
The idea of reunified India is an idea whose time has come. Pakistan is a fake, artificial entity, and the Partition of 1947 on the basis of the bogus two nation theory was a colossal fraud and a historical swindle, creating enormous problems for the sub continent, under which we are still reeling. We have been fighting each other since 1947, and wasting enormous resources on these fights and tensions, and purchasing billions of dollars of foreign arms, instead of utilizing our resources in uplifting our people from poverty.
I have repeatedly said that 99% Pakistanis are good people, just as 99% Indians are good people. 99% Hindus are good people, and 99% Muslims are good people. We should make a distinction between the Pakistani Govt. and the Pakistani people. It is the Pakistani Govt. not the Pakistani people who are hell bent on creating trouble The Pakistani people are really Indians, they are our brothers and sisters, and like us want to live peaceful lives.
We are really one people, but the British befooled us by their wicked divide and rule policy and bogus two nation theory, which was systematically propagated since 1857 through their agents, into believing that Hindus and Muslims are enemies. But how much longer must we remain befooled ? How much longer must blood flow in our sub continent ?
The time has come to undo the historical fraud and swindle of Partition, and reunite under a secular modern minded government, which rapidly industrializes the country and raises the standard of living of our people. This govt. while guaranteeing freedom of religion to all, must crush religious extremism and bigotry with an iron hand.
Some people say that the idea of reunification is a pipe dream, as Partition took place in 1947, and since then much water has flown. But Germany was reunited in 1990 after its partition in 1945. So time is immaterial when we are really one nation. When Mazzini spoke of Italian unification most people said it was a pipe dream, but this dream became a reality under Cavour and Garibaldi. Bismarck united Germany in 1871.
Others say that there is too much hatred between the people of the two countries to reunite. But this hatred is artificial, and created by false propaganda. Merely because we are of different religions does not mean we are enemies. We share the same culture, and have the same massive problems of poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, lack of healthcare. We should reunite to jointly fight to give our people decent lives, instead of fighting each other.
Since the Pakistan Govt. has decided to up the ante over the issue of Kashmir, let us also pay them back in their own coin by denying the very existence of Pakistan ( and rightly so ) as a genuine country. The first step in this direction must be to derecognize Pakistan recall our envoys, and tell theirs to get the hell out of India.
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