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More on Indo-Pak: the root question



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The root question is whether Islam can be freely and FULLY practised on the
Indian subcontinent in coexistence with all the other faiths and traditions
of our peoples.  If the answer is unambiguously "yes", then Pakistan --
which substantially refers to half of the old Punjab and the whole of Sindh
(beside the wilderness loved by the Baluch and Pakhtoon) -- has no long-term
raison d'etre other than the pampering of its own elite militarist classes,
and the sooner political courage is found in Pakistan to recognise this the
better for all.    This does not mean India and Pakistan need to integrate
again -- Islam in Pakistan may well have already evolved differently from
Islam in India.    But there would be no fundamental cause of conflict
between our two countries.    On the other hand, if the answer is ambiguous
or is no, then conflict will continue.

There are also technological forces at work in the direction of
mdoernisation... e.g. TV and Bollywood and cricket, which may render my
analysis a little old-fashioned.

Subroto Roy




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From: Dr.SubrotoRoy <sroy@vgsom>
To: debate@indiapolicy.org <debate@indiapolicy.org>
Date: Monday, March 27, 2000 5:31 AM
Subject: Common defence, market, J&K with Pak


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>I am sorry to take up your e-space with this but I merely intended to
>pass on the NYT article on India's nuclear policy to IPI members; it was
>sloppy of me to not make clear I have nothing to do with it other than
>that.   It does not represent my opinion in any way.  It was something
>which reached my mailbox.
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>My own thought is that we need a joint India-Pak nuclear defence.   It
>is absurd nonsense for India and Pak to aim nuclear weapons at each
>other.  The radioactivity from one side would kill people on the other.
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>As I have said in print, the only long-term solution is in the formula
>Common Defence, Common Market, Common J&K -- in that order, implemented
>over say 5 years.
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>Subroto Roy.
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