Aman ki Asha?

One of my friends is writing about the India-Pakistan Partition of 1947 and asked me to share some of my thoughts. Feel free to share your opinions, the more different the better…Here’s what I wrote:

Partition has become a ghost of the past for most Pakistanis. The new generation does not have any personal memories. For them the sacrifices of their elders are something intangible, parables of the past. In retrospect, yes Partition was necessary. But the loss of lives, bloodshed and a culture of bitterness that came out of it was an even greater cost. If the Partition had been something like the velvet revolution, it would not have had such gory repercussions.

I think what most Pakistanis and Indians both ignore is that the partition too is a sad relic of our colonial past. The way the British Raj ended in the subcontinent was rushed and badly handled. This is part of the reason why the matter continues to be unresolved today…

Today it is important for both nations to realize that they should establish civility and promote cultural exchange. The bond of humanity is stronger than the artificial labels of country-hood.

No scar is permanent, but yes wounds this deep take time to heal. It is important to understand that in terms of historical context, the 64 years since 1947 is a relatively short time period. Time will heal.

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5 thoughts on “Aman ki Asha?

  1. Yes, bringing back civility, cultural exchanges between people and normalization of relationship between India and Pakistan is desirable and possible if the Pakistani Army listens to International call not to be India centric in its policies. Peace between India and Pakistan is possible when the Pakistani Army gives up its policy of using ” terrorism as instrument of foreign policy”, and punishes those involved in the Mumbai killing.

    If the above looks like a tall order, then forget peace, stop the wishful talks of ” Aman Ki Asha” and take a hike ……….. !

  2. Armies and intelligence on both sides of the border have a history of sabotage. Basing the normalization of people-people relationship over the military factor might just hinder debate at all… If the Indian and Pakistani people both exert political pressure and resist an industrial-military complex through a cultural exchange and understanding of one another, the armies may not have a reason for the current unfortunate cycle of violence…

  3. I have heard a beautiful story about india-pakistan . It happened when India and Pakistan were divided. There was a madhouse, a mad asylum, just on the boundary of India and Pakistan. The politicians were not very worried about where the madhouse went, to Pakistan or to India, but the superintendent was very worried. So he asked where the madhouse was going to be, whether it was going to be in India or in Pakistan. Somebody from Delhi informed him that he should ask the inmates, the madmen, and take a vote as to where they wanted to go.

    The superintendent was the only man who was not insane and he tried to explain. He gathered all the madmen together and told them, “Now it is up to you, wherever you want you can go. If you want to go to India, you can go to India. If you want to go to Pakistan, you can go to Pakistan.” But the madmen said, “We want to remain here. We don’t want to go anywhere.” He tried and tried to explain. He said, “You will remain here. Don’t worry about it. You will remain here, but where do you want to go?” Those madmen said, “People say we are mad, but you look more mad. You say you will remain here, and we will remain here, so why worry about going anywhere?” The superintendent was at a loss as to how to explain the whole thing.

    There was only one way. He erected a wall, and divided the madhouse into two equal parts. One part became India, another part became Pakistan. And it is reported that sometimes madmen from the Pakistan madhouse came over the wall, and the madmen from India they also jumped over the wall, and they’re still much confused about what is happening. “We are in the same place, and you have gone to Pakistan, and we have gone to India, and no one has gone anywhere!”

    Those madmen are bound to be at a loss, they will never be able to understand, because in Delhi and Karachi there are bigger madmen.

  4. I do appreciate ur views. Its pretty difficult to find sane voices on either side of border.As far India-pakistan is concern , I don’t know whatever parition was good or bad .But the situation that develop after partion was horrible. I mean the way we had killed each other was unimaginable. If we have fought britishers with same jeal , history could have been different.I do not know how u look at history . But as far as i am concern I feel that Our leaders were intellectual Bank corrupt .they could not see it coming.It all started with partition of Bengal (1905) based on religious lines.It was not an Indian endeavor infact our leaders (muslim +hindu) opposed it. They did not want an strong and prosperous Indian subcontinent. The whole Indian subcontinent was economy powerhouse constituting about ( 25-35)% of world GDP from 1AD to 1750 Ad. They did not want someone to challenge their hegemony. Moreover it has always been said “those who control Indian ocean controls the world”. Neither of us control Indian ocean. In fact we have invested heavily on our armed forces rather than navy. It was the blue water navy of the britishers that made them the world power. I was a average Indian (while growing up) who used to think that Pakistan must be wiped out from earth.But our watching our serials,movie and interacting peoples from our country, I more or less feel that there is far more similarities between us than differences.

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