Hatred Is Disqualified Between India and Pakistan
Guest Post by Sidrah Zaheer. Sidrah is a freelance writer who likes to blog about her thoughts. She is a curious person and can’t keep ideas to herself unless she has shared them online somewhere. She is most interested in issues of political and social importance and often writes about them in her various posts. She is a complete movie buff and likes to keep in touch with the latest technology, especially in social media. You can follow her on Twitter and join her Facebook Page.
Whenever I have entered into a chat with an Indian, there have always been feelings of goodwill and kindness for each other as people. This mutual respect between the people of India and Pakistan who communicate online tells volumes about how deeply the people of both the countries admire and appreciate each other in actuality. This fact is unlike what the media often depicts the situation between people to be. I have found Indians to get more interested in knowing better about me as a Pakistani and also about my country. This indicates an attempt on their part to bridge the gaps and understand. If you have understood another human being, you have connected.
First of all, they are amazed to see that I know Urdu and can speak it fluently as my mother tongue. Indians admire Urdu language, or so at least has been my experience when I tell them that Urdu is my first language. The heritage of Urdu literature in India has unique position in its culture and history. The second fact that strikes them is to know that I am from Karachi, which is a city they must have heard a lot of things about; some good, some bad, but always arising a sense of wonderment about Karachiites. Karachi is not much different than one of India’s own largest cities, Mumbai. Hence, many common things come to the fore when sharing experiences about life in these metropolitans. I don’t for one understand how based on similarities of backgrounds from this perspective, people can differ.
They instantly want to know what I think about India and the Indians, and I tell them that I honestly admire India and its people. The thing that inspires me most about India is its cultural colours and diversity. India is an extraordinary example of diverse groups of people living under one flag. Though that there are differences and grievances, but then there is also a feeling of brotherhood and love for one another under the tri-coloured national banner. If considered from the aspect of Muslim population of India, then it is the second largest country to have the highest number of residential Muslims, which is almost three times more than Pakistan.
Just as its melodious culture of music and dance and celebratory nature in every aspect of life, I love the Indian national anthem, which is just as beautiful as the country itself. None of the Indians that I have ever chatted with, and there are a quite a lot of numbers that I did, said that India and Pakistan could never be peaceful together. This proves that the educated people, the informed class on both sides of the border want peace and co-existence. The feeling is never of going to war, as it has resulted in nothing for either lands except death, destruction and deprivation of chances to move ahead. I think we should have evolved as people by now to not initiate arms struggle. There should be no space for immaturity and regrettable conduct.
In fact, we all agree that India and Pakistan can not only be peaceful together, but that they can also spread this message of peace and love to other people around the world, if only the things are not politicized by the war mongers who monetize on hatred and dissidence. If only the wishes of the people are paid heed to and shown at various levels of media can the world know that the love that exists between an Indian and a Pakistani is forever that of brotherhood and of compassion. We are like two brothers who are though distinct in their identities, yet connected with the same origin of land and cultural heritage.
Hence, competition between our cricket teams or between our cultural talents is nothing more than a competition that is held within a family to derive out the best in them. The peace is there, let the peace be out in the open so that its sweet smell can comfort us and lead us with a feeling of goodness and camaraderie toward one another. People of both the countries need better education, efficient health care and equal opportunities of employment. Both have had enough with wars and conflicts and spending of large portions of their budgets each time on defense, when they should be expended on innovative research and development of society.
Thus, there is no love lost between the two states and its caring people. Let there never be an air of hatred. I say Jai Hind and Pakistan Zindabad. May the people of both the sides live in harmony to make South Asia a beacon of peace and prosperity where hatred is disqualified to enter their lives ever again.
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