In a June 3 article by Kriti Upadhaya and Rahul Deans the authors have outlined and suggested a policy that India could follow to destroy Pakistan (http://swarajyamag.com/world/a-new-non-diplomatic-approach-for-pakistan). The reasoning behind the need for such a strategy is that according to them normal diplomacy has failed and that Pakistan has chosen the path of “Islamization and radicalization’ while India has chosen ‘liberalization”. They do not say anything about the Hindutwa wave sweeping across India with rabid Hindu mobs on the rampage and nor do the mention how even history is being distorted in this radical fundamentalist drive. Even the present government in India is backed by radical Hindu organizations. Apparently the authors have never visited Pakistan and have relied on lurid reports and writings that ignore Pakistan’s open society and values.
Unfortunately for them and for India’s policy makers the authors while suggesting a policy to destroy Pakistan have unwittingly unveiled the exact covert policy that India is following against Pakistan. Even dummies can now understand why India does not want to discuss restraint regimes and why it drums up and even pretexts to avoid talks. How can you opt for dialogue if you are acting against all that the dialogue is supposed to resolve. The arrest of a RAW spy active in Baluchistan exposed Indian designs and covert activities. Now these two authors have confirmed in the form of suggestions what India should be doing to Pakistan—except that India is already deep into the very policies being advocated.
“A great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are’. Machiavelli
Pakistan’s Afghan policy can be summed by Machiavelli’s quote “The people often deceived by an elusive good, desire their own ruin, and unless they are made sensible of the evil of the one and the benefit of the other course by someone in whom they have confidence, they will expose the republic to infinite peril and damage”.