Syed Nayyar Uddin
While wishing all the Indians a very happy, peaceful and prosperous new year 2018, we would like to inform everyone in India that if at all, we have to be friends, then that friendship must be in true sense; and we must not act and behave with each other, in a hypocritical manner.
We Pakistanis would also like to assure the Indians that even if we wanted, we can’t conquer India. At the same time even if India wanted, it can’t pull down Pakistan, without India being destroyed, as well.
So, why twaste our time and energies in an imaginary hatred policy?
Why waste our precious resources, in being the prisoners of our foolish past?
From the first day of the new year 2018, let us bury our bitter past and be friends in true sense, like all the European countries.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Let us have a genuine peace. Let India remove all its strike forces from the border without any fear. Let us join hands to wage a war against poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy. Let us turn this subcontinent into a bastion of peace and a heaven on earth.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
India and Pakistan just need a period of single decade of genuine peace, to turn around their fortunes to emerge as the most potent economic and cultural power-house of this world.
The only condition is the genuine and authentic peace, like the one which exists in between the EU countries.
Why India and Pakistan should live for decades like divided Korea? Why both the countries can not live like united Europe?
Europe was so divided that its residents fought two world wars; but now when sense has prevailed, Europeans are reaping the dividends of peace.
Now, when both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers, conquering each other is out of question, without Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).
As such, those believing in the success of low intensity wars are lunatics, living in fools paradise, like Hitler and Mussolini.
War between two nuclear neighbours is out of contention, because, even if one country using first strike option annihilates the other neighbour, the fallout of nuclear radiation will leave the victor ninhabitable forever.
Thus, peace is the only option for India and Pakistan.
Don’t be afraid of problems between the two countries, because they will remain for ever, but we have to give priority to peace, over the problems.
Let us make a new start from the beginning of the new year 2018, with the slogan – Long live the friendship of the teeming millions of India and Pakistan.
This piece is reproduced from the writer’s blog