24 November, 2020

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

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War Is A Zero-Sum Game

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...



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