just ‘one war’!

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2019 12:27:25

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s observation is very appropriate that it would be a ‘big mistake’ to think that Pakistan will ‘mend its ways’ just after ‘one war’. The Prime Minister knows fully well that Pakistan is a rogue State and will not give up its dirty ways by suffering defeat in one war. By saying so, Mr. Modi has indicated a mature approach to tackling the complexity of India’s relations with Pakistan. There is a historical background as well for the Prime Minister’s observation. Since 1947 when Pakistan was formed after partition, it has been defeated on many occasions in military conflicts.

Time and again, India’s military prowess has been proved superior. Despite this historical truth, Pakistan has often indulged in overtures to needle India in this or that manner. Pakistan’s adoption of terrorism as a tool to continue waging war against India on an ongoing basis, too, stemmed from India’s military superiority that Pakistan could not beat. When a country is so adamant and so reluctant to learn right lessons after so many defeats, it is only immature to expect it to mend its ways after one more defeat in a big war. This acknowledgement of reality will help India to fashion a better response to Pakistan’s repeated indulgence in stupidity. This is how a responsible State should behave. 

The trouble is in the core values that Pakistan holds dear in its heart. Even when it was officially formed, its leaders believed in principle of alienation rather than accommodation in a good-neighbourly spirit. That was why they encouraged massive communal riots in the undivided India only with an idea to scare the non-Muslim population away from what would be called Pakistan later. They used violence as a tool of politics and told the world what kind of philosophical base the new country was going to have. Once the State was officially formed, its leaders sent into India their disguised regular soldiers to annex Kashmir, and succeeded in slicing off some portion of the Indian territory. It was that early success that emboldened Pakistan to keep needling India again and again. Mr. Modi has acknowledged this reality.

However, such an approach to neighbourhood politics has spoilt Pakistan’s internal systems, political, social and economic. Because of its insistence on spending mind-boggling amounts of money on military consolidation has emptied Pakistan’s coffers, so much so that the State has continued to live with an eternal begging bowl in its hands for everything -- from defence to education to industry to food to energy. And when the United States of America started tightening its purse strings, Pakistan turned to China whose leadership was actually waiting for something like this to happen. Going by present indications, Pakistan is almost on the way to becoming a Chinese dominion.

Unfortunately, Pakistan’s leadership does not mind all such epithets. That is so because the country does not have any philosophical foundation that would define its moral frame-work. That is also the reason why Pakistan is called a ‘Client State’, perpetually willing to compromise with dignity and sovereignty.

India understands these realities in their entirety, which reflected in Mr. Modi’s view in the recent media interview. A few political analysts have also said that Pakistan will learn its lessons only after it has splintered. It is improper to hold any such view about any country. At least, the Indian leadership never harboured such ideas.

The breaking up of Pakistan in 1971 leading to formation of Bangladesh did not come from any such idea; it came when the Pakistani leadership made it impossible for India to shoulder the burden of bad-neighbourliness. With this background, it is only natural for Prime Minister Mr. Modi to desist from the tempestuous temptation of thinking of one big war.