Thursday, August 25, 2016

Putting Wind in the Sail of our Foreign Policy Boat ( towards Western Neighbour)

In the olden days of sea travel when sail ships were the only medium and wind force was only driving force for those ships, there was a colloquial term that developed based on weather situation around Equator known as Doldrums. Wikipedia defines it as "a low-pressure area around the equator where the prevailing winds are calm. The doldrums are also noted for calm periods when the winds disappear altogether, trapping sail-powered boats for periods of days or weeks. The term appears to have arisen in the eighteenth century, when cross-equator sailing voyages became more common. Since this zone is the meeting place of two trade winds, it is also called intertropical convergence zone."

This word soon found its uses in regular english and it meant a situation where something was just hanging around. Neither moving forward nor moving backwards.When one gathered from whatever happened for long time about our nation's policy towards our neighbours to the west, it always appeared that despite the best intentions of our successive governments towards mending relations, demonstrated post all wars, after some progress, the relations were back to square one, largely due to acts of our westernly neighbour and mostly hinging around kashmir.

While all this happened with a periodic regularity from our side, our neighbour kept poking their nose in this matter talking about Kashmir and human rights there on one hand and doing mischief on the other hand with regular periodicity. It looked as if it was a well practised routine for them. This was despite the declaration, rightly, by our governments of various times that Whole J and K is an integral part of India. It simply meant that those people on the west were poking their nose in our internal matter without any restraint and with impunity.

People always wondered why it just goes simply uncontested and un-countered. Do Human Rights exist only in Kashmir and nowhere else in the neighbour's areas? Isn't our government trying to preserve HR in Kashmir despite delicate situations emerging there from time to time? They have been doing their best.

Is our neighbour a paragon of Human rights and has a brilliant track record in that respect in their own country? The answer to this question has been an empathetic no. But it seemed that we wanted to maintain our clean credentials in this respect.Did we forgot the great Kautaliya while doing that? Kautaliya espoused that "every nation acts to maximize power and self-interest, and therefore moral principles or obligations have little or no force in actions among nations." 

It seems that after many years some one dusted Kautaliya's Arthashastra and decided to use it. Is there any proof of that? Yes, there is. It is for the first time that this nation has shown concern for repeated and brutal HR violations in a western state of that neighbour. It is also a first time that we took up the oppression on our people in the J & K areas occupied by them.

In the management subject called System Analysis and Design it is said that "Today's problems are results of yesterday's solutions". It is evident that benefits or otherwise of this change will be evident only in long term. 

In the short term, however, the great guru Chanakya seems right and HR antics from our western neighbour have almost stopped. For a change they seems to be batting on the backfoot. It is for the first time after many years that the initiative seems to be in our hands.

Also in quick succession, our South eastern friend agreed with us and uncle Sam also has expressed concerns on HR violation in Gilgit  Baltistan. Brillient. 

Long Live Sage Kautaliya and His Arthashashtra. Please grace this nation with your wisdom very regularly.

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