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Visa-Vis The Enemy

By putting Pakistan on the ‘enemies list’, India displays its blinkers

Visa-Vis The Enemy Prabhjot Singh Gill

“Hum dono mulk phir se ek nahin ho sakte?” asks an attendant at a five-star hotel in New Delhi. “We are so alike, why can’t we reunite?” asks a white-collared executive in Bangalore.

When I laugh about the agony of reuniting with the world’s most dangerous state, they both respond, “Yes, but then we won’t need visas to travel to Pakistan.” But clearly India’s  security establishment thinks otherwise, for it recently put Pakistan on the “enemies list” together with Somalia and Nige­ria, and excluding it from the 180 countries that will be granted visa on arrival and electronic travel authorisation.

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