Indo Pak Talks: Goalless drawJune 28th, 2010
Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN IBN tweeted that the current Indo Pak talks are like a match in the FIFA world cup which ends in a goalless draw. But thats not the whole truth. The talks are surely a goalless draw, but this was a match whose result was well known even before it started, something like the group stage match between Brazil and Portugal, the teams which only had to draw this match to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament, and they did. Like the match the talks too did not yield anything at all. Actually, they weren’t meant to. Indians wanted to show the Americans that we are talking. Pakis wanted to show the extremists that even though they may be talking yet there was nothing which they are giving away. In other words, people like Hafiz Saeed and others can continue spreading hatred and terror against India like they always have.
Apart from America there is one more factor which we need to consider here. And thats elections. Elections are not due in any of these two countries in the near future. Had it been so there would not have been any talks for sure. Doomsday naysayers may say that what else can we do? According to them, there are not many options left, the other being an all out war. Well, fact is that our politicians have gone back to pre 26/11 days when they kept saying that Pak must dismantle the terror network. Just that they’ve now added that Pak must act on perpetrators of Mumbai attacks also but we all know better than that. Pakistan is not going to do anything against those perpetrators, come what may. India and America be damned, in that order.
And thats exactly the way it is. There is no difference in the way things were before 26/11 and now. Nothing has changed for Pak. America is still giving them money and arms as they were earlier. India is still making those same ridiculous noises that we were making before 26/11. And Pakistan too is giving the same replies to all these disconcerting noises. In a manner of speaking, Pakistan has more spunks than us. They can tell Americans to hop. We can’t. We can do only one thing- BEG. And beggars can’t be choosers. So it is Pakistan which chooses what it has to do and America which chooses what kind of attention, if any, they must pay to our begging.
The terrorists also know that we are a spunkless lot. And in all likelihood they may continue spreading terror by exploding small sized bombs like the one in German Bakery in Pune. Bombs, which are big enough to create an impact but small enough not to warrant a full scale response like a war. Every time they detonate a small bomb there will be more talk from Indian govt but nothing more than that. And this may carry on for a few years more till such time 26/11 is forgotten and buried. Then, the Pakis will devise another 26/11 kind of an attack knowing fully well that we can only whine and beg.
Therefore, it is entirely upto us and our govt to make sure that 26/11 becomes our 9/11 and that we never forget it. To do that we need to take more action than just beg. Not having a dialogue with Pakistan was the least of these steps. But I guess, thats not going to happen. After these talks composite dialogue is a formality which is a just a stone’s throw away. And I’m dead sure that the Congress govt will announce it in a couple of months from now. What a shame!!!