Ah, Mumbai on Krishna’s birthday! Of all the world’s Devine figures I instinctively feel closest to Krishna for the simple reason that I grew up with cows and Gopis.
“…the question of Hindu-Muslim relations in the Indian subcontinent will remain.” WRM, Hindu-Muslim challenges are as significant as they are historical and influence contentious domestic politics in world’s largest democracy – and the politics are robust.
” there have been many terror attacks in India. In 2008, gunmen launched a wave of attacks across Mumbai, ultimately killing 164 people in a horrific series of attacks. ”
Am I correct in thinking that in UN India always sides with Arab/Muslim anti-Israel block? The group that includes Pakistn as a founding member?
If so Indian complaint about US-Pak connection is rather hollow.
The real solution to the problem of Pakistan is a joint US-Indian first strike to take out Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. Only thus de-fanged will Pakistan behave. The Pakistanis only understand the ability and resolve to do violence. Until they learn to behave in a civilized way, that is how they should be treated, as crazed violent pariahs.
Of course, a stable, moderate, democratic Pakistan (that is, a Pakistan that has moved on from its founding myth, the two-nation theory) is in India’s interest. But, is a stable Pakistan, still very much in the throes of the two-nation theory, fomenting terror willynilly, also in India’s interest?
I suspect the Indians you met in Mumbai told you what you wanted to hear. Indians understand quite well what Pakistan is. It’s the west’s hedge in South Asia against India. Constant western support of the military is no accident. Only the Pakistani military has an institutional stake in perpetuating Pakistan’s rivalry with India. Had Iran engaged in the egregious behavior that Pakistan has, it would have been bombed to kingdom come. But Pakistan hasn’t. And that says something!
A failing Pakistan puts a big monkey wrench in US’s plans to maintain “regional stability” in South Asia. Hence I suppose this need to spread disinformation that a stable Pakistan is in India’s interest.
A totally failed Pakistan would see terror groups without control, masses of refugees, nuclear weapons going God knows where, and many other things that India doesn’t want.
Isn’t anybody going to help that poor country?
Kris: Isn’t anybody going to help that poor country?
While remaining a beneficiary of considerable Western, and especially US, largess and managing to avoid outright war with India, Pakistan has managed simultaneously to run a proxy war against India involving blatant harbouring of terrorists, hosted the so-called Quetta Shura of the Afghan Taliban leadership (now reportedly moved to Karachi), possibly had governmental knowledge of the whereabouts of bin Laden, the man who killed three thousand Americans, kept close tabs on and provided support for the Haqqani network, the most feared of the Afghan insurgent groups, been complicit in the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, built one of the most formidable nuclear arsenals in the region and managed to run a long-term, strategic relationship with China, which has provided, inter alia, the design of Pakistan’s nuclear weapon, and which gives ballast against India.
At some level within the Pakistani state there must be a consensus on key strategies, one that has been in place for many years and one that at least superficially has served the country well: there is an elite compact to keep the struggle with India alive, to keep Islamisation in view but not quite in reach, to protect and benefit from Pakistan’s nuclear umbrella and to ‘manage’ Pakistan’s complex sets of regional and global relations.
This agreement seems bipartisan between all shades of government and the Army.
At the risk of seeming too cynical, low-grade conflict with India may over time and indirectly serve the goal of a “stable, moderate, democratic Pakistan”. It serves as a unifying, centralizing factor in a country that could easily devolve into that failed-state nightmare.
[For future reference, from Steve Sailer]
India drops out of 2012 PISA test
“I [Steve Sailer] always try to keep up on China and India test score news, since the topic offers us important clues about the future of the world. From the Times of India:
After an earlier, embarrassing show, India has backed out of this year’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a global evaluation process by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretariat that gauges where schoolchildren stand alongside their peers from other countries.
This academic Olympics measures the performance of 15-year-olds in their reading, math and science abilities.
… In the last assessment, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh, showpieces of India’s education and development, were put through the PISA evaluation and they performed miserably. The idea was that the entire country would participate in the next round of assessment. However, that plan was also dropped.”