We want to see India play Pakistan as far as cricket goes. Indians, barring few fanatics, want so, and there is no harm, even ideologically, if we are supposed to play with them in a third country.

Why value Pakistan so much that we are forced, that we are compelled to snap events on our shared cultural heritage, on our shared cultural traits – music, cinema or sports?

In fact, we Indians should happily ignore the fanatic calls or impulsive reactions to ban them – and should enjoy a good musical piece – should relish a good artful cinema work – or should worrying/thrillingly watch every moment of a riveting India-Pakistan cricket rivalry in the field.

That, in fact, should be a major priority factor in India’s ‘shedding Pakistan obsession’ policy.

We need to see Pakistan at best as a small country in our neighbourhood that shares common cultural elements with us. If any reality, in any comparison of India vis-à-vis Pakistan exists, it ends here, at this cultural context.

India had 17.22 crore Muslims according to figures from Census 2011 and Pakistan’s overall population that year was 17.62 crore. And Muslims are just 14.2% of our population – our equal brothers and sisters – assimilated in and contributing to our joint cultural values.

India and Pakistan began their sovereign, independent journeys together. But the similarity ended there. Pakistan is no match for India today. India is a global player while Pakistan is not even a regional power.

And even a Nawaz Sharif meeting Barack Obama this week in Washington or many Pakistan leaders shouting anti-India rants over the top on every possible global platform should be dismissed accordingly.

When they need to cease existing as the focal points of our South Asia policy, why should we care at all about Pakistani artists and sportsmen playing or performing in India?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/


I wanted to write on it – and now I am writing it – and my mood is fine – a bit light in fact.

Now, irrespective of its pros and cons, its merits and demerits, and its different sides, the comparison made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that morning, the metaphor delivered by him, was going to be the catch phrase – intensely in the short run – sustainably in its mid run with upcoming assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh – and evergreen in its longevity.

While it is going to be a favourite ‘phrase’ used by political opponents to target Narendra Modi, BJP and NDA, many even in the ruling party who are well read and those who think of SAD (Shiromani Akali Dal) in ‘not so good’ terms, would certainly be ‘smiling’ on this ‘unusual’ comparison – ‘unusual comparison’ that will give writers and ‘thought weavers’ something staple to write for – for a long time.

Even Narendra Modi would not be able to control the gauge of his smile when he would reflect back on his observation made that day.

And even Parkash Singh Badal, the 87-year old chief minister of Punjab, would find it hard to fathom.

Even in the prevailing political scenario of India!

Even if it gives Parkash Singh Badal some high points on the momentary scale of rhetoric – to feel good about!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/