India and Pakistan because cannot be brought to peace because the ‘disquiet’ is always Pakistan provoked; because of Pakistan’s belligerent ruling class gets its lease of life from its military that in turn draws authority in the country due to its anti-India stand exploiting the deep chasms of Hindu-Muslim divide across the border.
India is undoubtedly an emerging world power, already the world’s third largest economy and projected to be having the largest middle class by 2030, is a place the world economy is looking up to. No other country including China has the edge of a huge consuming middle class that can satiate the needs of the world’s capital flow. Its market is going to transcend all and the world powers know it.
India is also the world’s largest democracy, a responsible democracy, a democracy that has the potential to play the role of power packed export house of talent, a democracy that is space power, and that is a military power of growing prowess.
Why would it engage in hostilities with a small country like Pakistan when it knows a peaceful Pakistan is good for its own growth?
And India can handle bullies like Pakistan on its own the world community is increasingly realizing it, irrespective of how many times, including today’s, Pakistan pleads for world intervention in the Kashmir issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chided Pakistan reminding the neighbouring nation of the futility of raising the K-issue on international forums saying a UN platform would only derail the process and no one in the world community reacted on it. That should have been the clear message to Pakistan. Because the world community knows India will not provoke hostilities on its own.
But then, Pakistan’s political leadership has had no spine and has had a skewed character crushed under the iron-grip of a shadowy military that has nothing but anti-India rhetoric and machinery to draw its sanctity from.
Conflicts like India-Pakistan border issue are bilateral in nature and subside with the increased world stature of one of the parties involved and that would ultimately happen in this case. India is becoming bigger while Pakistan is facing a worsening civil war in its restive provinces and terror threats across the country.
At the same time, Pakistan is seen as ‘terror sponsoring and exporting’ nation-state and a forced peace in Pakistan, sooner or later, would become a world liability, something a must element for the world peace. Yes, no one can say when. Probably, when the terrorists would threaten the Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal with their direct reach.
Till then, India can maintain peace and tranquillity along its borders with Pakistan. And India doesn’t need to go over the top for it because Kashmir may be an issue of survival for Pakistan’s military and politicians but it is no issue at all in India, in spite of the decades of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in the state.
Use of restrained force has become a necessity in these days of state-sponsored terrorism and transnational terror outfits and that is what India did during this round of unprovoked ceasefire violations targeting and killing civilians and the world community knows it.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/