Friday, August 3, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



How not to handle a summit

This refers to “How not to handle a summit” by Mr Hari Jaisingh (July 27) in which he has discussed various aspects of the summit between Mr Vajpayee and General Musharraf. The writer has concluded that “General Musharraf thinks democracy to be India’s main weakness”.

In my opinion he does not consider democracy to be India’s weakness, but he certainly considers secularism as practised in India to be the weakest point for the Indian leadership. Moreover, when we insist that India has not accepted the two-nation theory, they have reason to believe that India is questioning the existence of Pakistan. In fact, not accepting the two-nation theory and secularism are two faces of the same coin, which Pakistan has reason to hate.

Secondly, Pakistani children are taught hatred against Hindus through school textbooks. The general public learns hatred through Pakistan TV and the Mullahs. In a sense Pakistanis are quite a homogeneous people, specially for hatred against the Hindus and India. Therefore, their leader, maybe a General or an elected one, represents the Muslims and is capable of speaking a harsh language to suit their own interests.

But Indian leaders are not representative of the Hindus or a homogeneous nation in the sense Pakistan’s leaders are. Therefore, our leaders are not capable of speaking the naked truth as it goes against the Indian Muslims. General Musharraf very well understands this weakness of India.


And lastly, our constitutional and national setup has made us incapable of facing the Islamic country of Pakistan and even Bangladesh. It is indeed shameful for a big country like India to ask for help from other nations to face problems created by a tiny country like Pakistan. Gandhi and Nehru, Father and Uncle of the nation, are the root cause of these problems.


The story of a summit: Once upon a time there was a military dictator. His country had suffered a humiliating defeat and he wanted revenge, being a great nationalist. But now slowly, painfully, military strength had been built up and he possessed formidable powers of destruction. He made no bones about the fact that he could use them too. His neighbours naturally became alarmed. “Peace”, they cried. “I am a man of peace too,” said the military dictator, “But look at the minorities you are oppressing.”

So they called a summit. The dictator was affable. Confronting him was a motley group of democratic leaders, each with his own particular set of worries. They wanted to discuss prospects of peace. Sure peace, but an honourable peace, was what the dictator wanted. How could be ignored his oppressed brethren fighting for their rights? He kept hammering at his pet theme and refused to be distracted by any other issue.

The dictator smiled a lot but the threat of force was all too real. “Solve this issue first, if you want peace”. The democratic leaders commanded huge forces, but in actual fact they were in poor shape. Their equipment was, by and large, at least 20 years out of date. Sure, the developments in the neighbourhood had caused them to start re-arming lately. But you can’t make up for decades of neglect in so short time. The air force, for example, had still not got the efficient new aircraft. They desperately needed to buy time. The dictator had to be humoured till then.

And so the summit at Munich ended with the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. The German-speaking parts of Czechoslovakia were separated and quickly taken over by a bunch of quislings waiting in the wings.

S. K. SHARMA, Kulu

Meek Indians: Right since 1947 Pakistan has been bleeding India. The partition, the 1965, 1971 wars, Kargil, Kanadhar and daily massacre of Indians by Pakistani terrorists would have been enough to wake up a Kumbhakaran. But Pakistan has nothing to fear from docile, meek Indians.

India is no sleeping giant. It is a stupid person who is pretending to be asleep, thinking that the aggressor will go away if it continues to feign sleep.

Wg Cdr SUNIL SAWANT (retd), Pune

Four factors: There are mainly four factors responsible for the present untoward situation in Kashmir. One, proximity of a hostile Pakistan, its easy access and support to terrorists. Two, political bungling in Kashmir, ignoring the local aspirations and sensitivities by the central governments, mostly Congress, over the years.

Three, demographic profile, including family links and movement of the PoK inhabitants across the LoC. Four, inability or unwillingness on the part of our politicians to associate the people of J&K with the mainstream of national life.

Wing Cdr S. C. KAPOOR (retd), NoidaTop


Why treat them as masters?

The issue of last week’s Amarnath blasts in Kashmir was raised by the Indian External Affairs Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, with the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Ms Christina Rocca, recently.

I guess India is still continuing its decades of purely verbal response and is trying to prove to the USA that Pakistan is involved in terrorists activities inside India.

As a libertarian, it hurts me that foreign officials would act so slavishly in front of American leaders. While we, the people of America, always seek to remind our leaders that they are our servants, many foreign officials needlessly treat them like masters.

In the process, these foreign officials not only diminish themselves and self-mutilate their country’s sovereignty, they also help make America a little less democratic.


Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
121 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |