Three nuclear powers – cheek by jowl.| The Equalizer cartoon by David Horsey; published – May 28, 2002 in Seattlepi.com / SL | Click for image.
Pakistan may have silently accepted that the premise of Pakistan’s nationhood was wrong.
Apart from a few ‘desperate’ bonzos, Pakistanis feel bad at the plight of their nation. The destructive rhetoric of Us vs Them, symbolic of the Desert Bloc, dries up in the hot sands of genocide, poverty, crime.
Unlike भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra.
This extract below, from a Pakistani newspaper, asks some tough questions.
First, we alienated ourselves from Hindu community because we were Muslims, and then we kept on alienating millions of our own (the Eastern wing, followed by the peripheral groups including the Baloch, Seraiki, Sindhi and the religious minorities) in trying to prove that we were Muslims.
An answer that Pakistanis are asking – and one day will get. (Cartoon by Don Wright; source and courtesy – thuklak.wordpress.com). Click for larger image.
How ‘Pakistani’ would the relatives of Habib Jalib,those martyred at Ali Hajweri shrine and the Ahmedi worship places be feeling, or for that matter the IDPs from Swat, the separatists from Balochistan, and the millions of peasants and wage labourers, who despite their right to vote our incapable of bringing material improvements in their lives, is anybody’s guess. (via An alienating identity – The Express Tribune Blog).
And the answer to these questions.
On an India-Pakistan Forum, the idea of भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra has started getting discussed – and outlined.
भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra is India’s classical political ideology, that worked on four freedoms -
- धर्म (dharma – justice)
- अर्थ (arth – wealth and means)
- काम (kaam – human desires)
- मोक्ष (moksha – liberty)
and guaranteed three rights -
- ज़र (jar - gold)
- जन (jan - human ties)
- जमीन (jameen – property)
For all. And Bharattantra may be the way forward for India and Pakistan to work together, in the view of some forum members.