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Pawns for Life… The Issue of Balochistan

The recent remarks on the on-goings in Balochistan by the Prime Minister of India in his Independence Day speech echoes the 7 decade long tussle between the two neighbouring nations. Pity! Had the leaders of the freedom movement and the Indian cause, known the repercussions of this decision to part a nation into two separate countries, perhaps they would have refrained from advocating so. Had it been the other way round, the numerous resources and lives that have been lost in the process of keeping our neighbour in check would’ve been utilised for all good purposes and the unified India wouldn’t have been a pawn to the vested interests of the superpowers.

The issue of Balochistan is being painted to suit the respective agendas by the media houses on either side of the border, the border which is quite recent in a way, compared to the long list of heritage, history and culture that is common to both India and Pakistan. It is not because of the complexity of the issue that I refrain from touching on some points and conclude by coming up with my version of so called ‘facts’ about Balochistan, but I would rather divert back in time, from a time where we stand at a point where one has to hate the neighbouring country to validate their love for motherland. Ironically, It was the same land which gave the world ‘Vasudheva Kutumbakam’ meaning universal brotherhood. An idea which couldn’t been confined within the Radcliffe line (named after Cyril Radcliffe who drew the borders on behalf of the British).

As I’ve mentioned, there are many similarities shared between both nations but they just don’t belong to the past alone… There are many of them that exist contemporarily too, including vigilantism and hooliganism, all in the name of religion, the cause incited by the British that divided the idea of ‘Bharat’, and still feeds the political systems on either side. Had this been our state if India wasn’t divided? Perhaps our politicians would’ve had a tough time to figure out where to deport their opponents…

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Justice Markandey Katju often talks about reunification of the original Bharat, that included modern day Pakistan and Bangladesh for many good reasons… Many citizens would agree to such a pact but the ones’ who’ve duped these neighbours into an arms race and who’s economies are fed by proxy wars and selling ammunition won’t want their best marketplace in South East Asia to be lost and hence there is no chance for such a change, exposing the delusion that India is the largest democracy who’s system can be shaken BY THE PEOPLE…

Even if the suggested polarisation happens at the hands of the decision maker bureaucrats in New Delhi, they won’t be the people who would face the wrath of the events that would subsequently unfold.

It is reported that the increasing relationship of US and India is to curb the Chinese influence in the region and the convergence happens in Balochistan where the proposition of developing an economic corridor by China is being resisted by Balochis… It was once the same Pakistan that was pivoted by the United States to curb the influence of USSR. And now, India is the hope against China as Pak was once against USSR…

Yesterday, someone with vested interests from the shadows orchestrates the direction of dialogues to a brink of division in one nation, provoking wars that consumed young lives, haunting the valleys of Kashmir till day. Similar hands from the shadows are pawning the current ongoings as well…

The essay started with a remark made in the PM’s Independence Day speech… ‘Independence’? I doubt…