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War Is A Zero-Sum Game

Pakistan should realise that it doesn't really help any reasonable vision of its own future well-being to keep bleeding India

War Is A Zero-Sum Game
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War Is A Zero-Sum Game
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2016-09-23T19:28:29+05:30

By regularly killing Indians—in Uri or South Mumbai—if Pakistan is trying  to finish the unfinished agenda of Partition or avenge the creation of Bangladesh or generally be a cussed neighbour, it should realise that it doesn’t really help any reasonable vision of its own future well-being to keep bleeding India. One, it is impossible to re-enact Partition. It is not just the Kashmir Valley, almost every district of this country has Muslims. Another division over religion is neither feasible nor conceivable. The very notion of a religious partition is an archaic, bloodthirsty call to empty the entrails of the subcontinent. To insist that Kashmiri insurgency is not tied to (or part of) a divisive, communal, Islamist project—one that flows logically from that old theory—is to make a fool of the poor pellet-fodder of the Valley.

Sure, there are those who abhor the idea of India on both sides of the religious divide: those who killed Gandhi and those who forced Kashmiri Pandits into exile are united in their hatred for a shared destiny and a harmonious coexistence bet­ween the majority and the minority religious communities. Just as Muslims have every right to lead a dignified life in Muzaffarnagar or Meerut, Shias and Sikhs and Buddhists and Hindus have a right to live happily and unfe­ttered in the Valley. The mob that lynched Akhlaque in Dadri and the mob that threw a policeman into the Jhelum were equally practising majoritarian violence and imposing the politics of majoritarian might.

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