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War Is A Zero-Sum Game

Pakistan should realise that it doesn't really help any reasonable vision of its own future well-being to keep bleeding India

War Is A Zero-Sum Game
War Is A Zero-Sum Game Illustration by Saahil

By regularly killing Indians—in Uri or South Mumbai—if Pakistan is trying  to finish the unfinished agenda of Partition or avenge the creation of Bangladesh or generally be a cussed neighbour, it should realise that it doesn’t really help any reasonable vision of its own future well-being to keep bleeding India. One, it is impossible to re-enact Partition. It is not just the Kashmir Valley, almost every district of this country has Muslims. Another division over religion is neither feasible nor conceivable. The very notion of a religious partition is an archaic, bloodthirsty call to empty the entrails of the subcontinent. To insist that Kashmiri insurgency is not tied to (or part of) a divisive, communal, Islamist project—one that flows logically from that old theory—is to make a fool of the poor pellet-fodder of the Valley.

Sure, there are those who abhor the idea of India on both sides of the religious divide: those who killed Gandhi and those who forced Kashmiri Pandits into exile are united in their hatred for a shared destiny and a harmonious coexistence bet­ween the majority and the minority religious communities. Just as Muslims have every right to lead a dignified life in Muzaffarnagar or Meerut, Shias and Sikhs and Buddhists and Hindus have a right to live happily and unfe­ttered in the Valley. The mob that lynched Akhlaque in Dadri and the mob that threw a policeman into the Jhelum were equally practising majoritarian violence and imposing the politics of majoritarian might.

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