Rise of India is rise of South Asia
Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir and China’s occupation practice have disrupted growth of South Asia. On one hand Pakistan has left no stone unturned to terrorise the region, on the other hand, China which does not believe in democracy and ethics has deliberately tried its best to occupy the region by debt-trap or military aggression. Against this backdrop, the book India: The Future of South Asia (Rise of the New Power of Peace) focuses on the role of India in making South Asia peaceful and prosperous.
It cannot be gainsaid that the Partition of India and birth of Pakistan as a Muslim nation was one of the biggest tragedies in the world. In the last seven decades, India has always tried its best to maintain peace in the region. But this is the Pakistan which has been breeding and feeding terrorists as a proxy against India and other countries in the region for decades. However, the whole world understood better about Pakistan-sponsored terrorism when Indian Air Force on 26 February 2019 carried out Air Strike on the terrorist training camp at Balakot in Pakistan. No doubt this operation was similar to Israel likes raids deep inside enemy territories. But it clearly conveyed a message to Pakistan that India is not what it used to be. Now India will not tolerate any aggression of Pakistan especially its proxy in Kashmir.
Elaborating extensively on Kashmir, this book points out that some radicals living in Delhi as liberals are the biggest enemies of Kashmir. These are the people who deliberately put out a negative picture of Kashmir. The author says that the need of the hour is effective counter-measures, not only against the ‘Kashmiri radicals’ and mentor like Pakistan and Islamic State (IS) internationally but also against their sympathisers in Delhi. The author says that these sympathisers in Delhi are the bigger threat than Pakistan and IS.
The Influence of India in the region has also been accepted by China. The book argues that India’s position and role in the China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is significant. India is regarded as one of four key countries along BRI by some Chinese experts. It is not only because of India’s population, labour resources, and a huge market but also because of India’s political influence over the South Asian and Indian Ocean countries.
It is true that almost all the South Asian countries except Pakistan have accepted that only India is capable of fulfiling their aspirations. Of course, Pakistan too understands that enmity with India is increasing its problems day by day. But it is the radical Islamist ideology of Pakistan which does not allow its leadership to accept India as the power of South Asia. And perhaps this is the reason why Pakistan’s economy is suffering brutally, whereas the GDP growth of Bangladesh, the country which separated from Pakistan in 1971, is among the top five in the world.
The book India: The Future of South Asia (Rise of the New Power of Peace) contains worthwhile content on this region which makes this book interesting and readable.
By Ravi Mishra