29 May, 2011
Satish Chandra a former diplomat & veteran __________ mentioned one interesting incidence happened with Mr. B. K. Nehru (ICS officer) in 1948, when the latter was in the Pakistan for financial negotiations. During his stay at Pakistan, Mr. Nehru came across very extreme anti-Indian article in Daily “The Dawn”. He took this issue with his Pakistani counterpart during the discussions & the answer he received was, “We are newly found country & need an enemy”. Then Mr. Nehru asked, “For how long do you need one?” Pakistan envoy replied, “For five years!” Those five years never ended. This is evident that the Pakistan’s very existence is in the “hate India” policy. In the past sixty years, this stance has not changed rather it becomes prime government agenda for all the successive governments. Pakistan has been governed by people elected as well as military in the past. But, except the small period of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto all the people elected governments are not truly democratic in the sense that actually controlled by military & ISI. After losing two wars Pakistani army is in no mood to soften their stand on India. Under first military rule of Gen. Zia –Ul- Haq, terror war got started It became inevitable for India to devise its strategy to counter activities of notorious neighbor. But, the fact of the matter is that India’s policy towards Pakistan is always paradoxical in nature. There are two schools of thoughts contradicting each other. One pool of scholars is in the favor of soft & patient moves by government towards Pakistan. Others think we need to react a bit aggressively rather than “wait & watch”. All the Indian governments including present one, have taken patient & mild diplomatic stand to tackle the issues.