Monday, February 2, 2009

Pakistan.....Face the reality...........B K Chowla

Till now all the diplomatic efforts put-in by the Govt of India have not actually produced any visible results. With the mind set the Pakistanis have and their character of remaining in denial mode,when will we get a reply to our dossier is big question.Common man on the streets of India is waiting anxiously to hear from our Govt as to what is the next step they intend taking.
If the Pakistanis do take any action,it will be more because of the pressure being put on them by the International community,.....Be it the USA,Europe ,Israel and now even the Russians have started warning Pakistan.We can not expect any action from Saudi and China,who have always protected the wrong doings of Pakistan,especially against India.It is high time Pakistan puts it's act together and come out of the unreal world they are living-in.

In this context I was very happy to read an article in THE DAWN(sat,Jan 10th) by none other than Mr Shananda Khan Mohmand, who is a Doctoral candidate at the Institute Of Development Studies,University of Sussex.
Please read on THINKING OUT OF THE BOX, By S. M .Mohmand

"IF there is anything that the Mumbai terror attacks have made clear, it is that it's time to think outside the box.
The manner in which we in Pakistan have thought, spoken and acted so far has led us here. If we want to move away from this spot, the same conventional thought process and attitude is no longer going to work. A dramatic shift is now required in the way we perceive our region and conceive our identity.
First: we need to be less defensive. There are many reasons for this, not least of which is the fact that it simply makes us look stupid. It is one thing to insist that you need more evidence in order to initiate action. It is quite another to question each piece of mounting evidence, especially in the face of a general popular acceptance of the fact that there are organisations here in Pakistan that openly purport the ideology that they are being accused of, about which we choose to do little.
Imagine this: a Pakistani organisation is so implicated in such activities that the United Nations actually sees fit to declare it a terrorist organisation, but we sit around and let it operate freely and openly until we get news of this declaration, at which point we spring into action.

What were we thinking until now? The banners hanging from most lamp-posts in Lahore for the last few weeks, asking people to contribute their "qurbani hides" to the organisation should demonstrate well the unfettered operations that this group enjoyed.

Being defensive, however, may be a hard behavioural trait to alter because it is firmly embedded even in our everyday social interactions. Mohammad Hanif , the brilliant author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes made a fantastic reference in a BBC article to "that uncle that you get stranded with at a family gathering when everybody else has gone to sleep but there is still some whisky left in the bottle" in describing Musharraf's behaviour when he announced his coup against himself last year..
Taking this analogy further, this quintessentially Pakistani uncle has two other very familiar traits. One, he is extremely defensive about every one of his own identities — nationality, religion, sect, class, career — and has a deep distrust of all those who inhabit the realm of the "other". And two, he resolutely believes that the only verification any fact needs is for it to be emitting from his mouth. Musharraf suffered heavily from this delusion, but so do so many of our other uncles, those in our homes, those at our parties, and those currently issuing statements on TV.
Second, we need to stop acting in a merely reactionary manner. The "if they were in our place they would have behaved in the same way" attitude isn't going to get us very far. Many of us tried to point that out to the Pakistani government all the way back in May 1998 when India first tested its nuclear bomb.
Our government thought for about two weeks and then chose to act in exactly the same way, rather than to secure its position on the moral high horse by backing away from such childish tit-for-tat arguments and games.
Our 'outside-the- box' collective thinking now needs to demonstrate that though it may be true that if some other country had been in our position they may have acted with misguided nationalist bravado, we are capable of acting differently, not because it is demanded or expected of us, but because this is the right thing to do and because we take such terrorist attacks very seriously, both at home and abroad. The moral high horse may be the only thing that Pakistan can have going for it right now, and yet, even that is being squandered away by the defensiveness of those who claim to speak on its behalf.

Third, Pakistan needs to accept a very harsh reality — it is not the equal of India, and the belief that we can be compared has stunted our development no end. We cannot win a war against it, we cannot compare the instability of our political system to the stability of theirs, we cannot hope to compete economically with what is a booming economy well on its way to becoming a global economic power, and we certainly cannot compare the conservativeness of our society to the open pluralism of their everyday life.

Accepting these realities may allow Pakistan to give up its nationalistic bravado and posturing, and may actually allow it to accept its more realistic role in this region — one that requires that it live in peace with India, that it not unnecessarily provoke its wrath and that it understands that its most beneficial economic strategy would be to get in on the boom next door.
For that we need to think outside the box — outside the box of the two-nation theory, outside the box of the violence of 1947, and outside the box of the ill-conceived wars of the last six decades.
The writer is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.-- __,_._,___

B K Chowla


JAS said...

People in Pakistan need to think out-of-the-box quickly. The anti-India & Kashmir agenda have been flogged to death while overlooking the basic livelihood necessities of the populace. Pakistan is a country where leaders build themselves palaces while the administration is looked after by men in uniform.

BK Chowla, said...

Salty,well said.
It is amazing as to how are they able to balance so well between US and China.But it seems, the game is up.Had it not been for President Bush,by now the stumps would have been removed.
Let us see.

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BK Chowla, said...

Vikas, Thank you very much.Your comments have been very helpful.You have now given me the leads, Thanks again.I will follow your suggestions and may ask for your help again.

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