Two media giants of India and Pakistan jointly have organized a series of initiatives to bring about improved relations between the two hostile neighbours. This is called “Aman Ki Asha” meaning “Hope For Peace”. I urge my readers interested in this vital matter to visit the blog and catch up with all that has already taken place.
As an Indian I welcome these initiatives, as I am a strong believer that the defense expenditure of 2.5% and 3.1% of GDP of India and Pakistan respectively can be cut down if there is peace between the two countries.
I am however not at all convinced that India can let its guard down in the foreseeable future as the Military establishment in Pakistan has too many vested interests within Pakistan to let peace prevail between the two countries. Their very raison d’etre is the perceived threat from India and their propaganda machine keeps hammering this to the masses of Pakistan so that the military can retain its pre eminent position in Pakistani society.
In these difficult, or if one so prefers, interesting times, another piece of poignant writing has come to my attention which I would like to share with my readers. This combined with this interesting development of Pakistanis in the USA claiming to be Indians makes for very intereting reading indeed.
After this post went live I came across another very interesting piece of reporting in the New York Times which reinforces my belief that India should not officially start any dialogues with Pakistan till the terrorists on its soil are handed over to India.