Wars always cause destruction, and peace is the foundation of a better coming era. It is no doubt that Kartarpur corridor infuses confidence and potential of favourable dialogue between India and Pakistan, but will it address the main concern? The Pakistan army never shows the sign of amending its way. Cross-border firing and terrorism in the name of Islam was not enough for them, they now start supporting Khalistan movement openly. For, things will unfold very soon. We can just hope for the peace for the longest time, not for always, unfortunately. If we look into history, we will find India shared strong cultural and religious ties. It was a perfect blend of many religions, and then came the imperial government, which had its own goals to achieve and it changed the scenario, and lastly, which resulted in the bifurcation of unity of brotherhood. The grim situation never changed and was followed by three wars, which poured enough hatred on both sides, but a corridor between the two may bring some
peace. Having said, it cannot be gainsaid that Pakistan’s record in history vis-a-vis India is replete with deceit and hatred. It never amazes me to read yet another articulation of our naivety, expressing hopes of a positive and purposeful engagement with Pakistan. India, as a nation, suffered for 17 years at the hands of Jinnah before the Partition (1930-1947), and another 71 years at the hands of his successors after the Partition. We have only experienced mendacity, duplicity, enduring hostility, skirmishes, wars, and above all, unrelenting jihadi terrorism from Pakistan. It is not
even possible for us to pretend anymore that Pakistan is a long-lost brother or a prodigal son deserving sympathy–
the narratives that we have been subjected to for far too
long. Besides, the cross-border Punjabi affection cannot be the basis for diplomacy, because the sinister agenda of Pakistan is based on manufactured grievances and conspiracy theories. Let us remember that Pakistan hosts all Khalistani terrorists. All these do not need repeating, but in the context of unsophisticated Indian thinking, they need reiteration, don’t they?
Furthermore, that in the name of Kartarpur corridor Pakistan is endeavouring to revive Khalistan movement in Punjab can be corroborated by the fact that apro-Khalistan leader Gopal Chawla was filmed meeting Pakistan’s army chief on the sidelines of the ceremony, launching the Kartarpur corridor. Hence, it could become another “Red Corridor”. Pakistan’s pro-Khalistan movement seems just behind the Kartarpur corridor ceremony. It may be a pre-plan by Pakistan establishment to have emotional pressure on Sikhs in India and create a social havoc. It should be remembered that after 70 years, they are taking this step with no good intention. Any peace offer, coming from Pakistan, should be taken with a pinch of salt. History is witness to many distressing examples. India needs to be on guard against certain elements present in Pakistan, having a likely influence on pilgrims and attempts at disrupting communal harmony. Such a strategy was evident recently, when Indian officials were prevented from gaining access to certain important Sikh shrines in Pakistan. Hence, let the GoI and its security should be clear. Indo-Pak relationship has to be managed with peace. But there can be no friendship as long as terror factories are active and ISI/Pak army calls the shots. If Pakistan had used Hurriyat to destabilise J&K, now, it seems, they have found Navjot Singh Sidhu, who suffers from incurable verbal diarrhoea. Pakistan has rekindled the Khalistan political dynamics, which had almost been subdued or had been at back burner, but Sidhu will never understand these loaded moves of Pakistan. He thinks he is capable of becoming the next ‘Captain’ but he may be trapped LBW by Imran, who is proxy to Pakistan ISI/Army. Having said this, it is apt to conclude with this remark that India cannot be at peace unless and until Pakistan is broken up into smaller states, each one denuclearised and much smaller army to defend itself.
By Deepak Kumar Rath