N S Venkataraman

Nandini Voice For The Deprived

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A member of parliament in India spoke in the parliament demanding that India should declare Pakistan as a terrorist state. Not surprisingly, a few other members of parliament and some politicians in India also echoed this improper and unwise demand. It is good that Narendra Modi government has not reacted to this demand and have just ignored this call.

It is a fact that extremist elements and terror outfits in Pakistan are creating tensions in Jammu and Kashmir and are whipping up feelings of hate and unrest amongst the people against India. Obviously, such terror outfits get sort of support from Pakistan government and are given base in Pakistan. India is justified in feeling aggrieved over such conditions.

Of late, Pakistan government  has admitted that Pakistan itself has become a victim of terrorist acts , as large number of innocent people including children in schools  have been killed in bomb attacks by the terrorist groups. The conditions are so bad that Pakistan is unable to organize even international sports events in Pakistan and the sport loving people of Pakistan are left deeply disappointed. On several occasions in recent times, the Chief of army in Pakistan and Prime Minister of Pakistan have declared that they would wipe out terrorist base in Pakistan at any cost.

However, the ground reality is that terrorist outfits have not yet been silenced in Pakistan.

In any case, India should recognize that large segment of people of Pakistan are very unhappy and frustrated about the terrorist activities on the Pakistan soil. Possibly , there is realization amongst the Pakistani people themselves that Pakistan cannot be instrumental in encouraging terrorist acts in Jammu and Kashmir and at the same time expect that Pakistan should get rid of terrorism on it’s soil.

While Pakistan government may be directly or indirectly or helplessly harbouring the terrorist elements  on it’s soil and consequently causing problems for India, the fact is that India would not be anyway benefited by declaring Pakistan as a terrorist state. This would be a counter productive and extremely bad strategy ,that would totally prevent any feasibility of improving the relationships between India and Pakistan in the foreseeable future.

There are millions of Indians as well as Pakistanis who understand that India and Pakistan should maintain harmonious relationship and should benefit mutually by various measures including collaboration, trade and cultural exchange. Whenever opportunities are provided and appropriate climate sought to be created, the people in India and Pakistan have responded to each other with goodwill, warmth and understanding.

Due to the acts of terror, politicians and those in the seat of power rarely suffer but only the ordinary people feel the pain in variety of ways and for many of them , life gets  uprooted. As the pain of the victims of terrorism become more intense, their  longing  for peace become more intense and  they pray that harmony in society should return.

When the peace loving and concerned people assert themselves in both the countries , survival of terrorists will become impossible and peace will inevitably return. The ball is clearly in the court of people of India and Pakistan.


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