A response to Dr Akbar Ahmed
By Justice Markandey Katju
Dr Akbar Ahmed is a highly respected former Pakistan High Commissioner to UK, and currently Professor of International Relations at the American University, School of International Service, Washington DC.
He recently gave an interview to Israr Kasana, which prompted a response from me.
Here it is :
Dear Dr Akbar Ahmed
I have seen your interview by Israr Kasana
I am briefly giving my response.
1. Your basic fallacy is believing India and Pakistan are two separate nations. In fact they are one, as I have explained in these articles. Please read them carefully :
Indian reunification is an idea whose time has come
Why an Asian union of states is pure fantasy?
Saad Hafiz’ pipe dream
When I say that Pakistan is a fake country artificially created by that British swindle called Partition, and is bound to one day reunite with India under a secular govt, many Pakistanis are outraged, and they start hurling abuses and invectives at me.
But I say this because I believe it to be true, not because I want to hurt anyone, and I give reasons for what I say. Partition was done on the basis of the bogus two nation theory ( that Hindus and Muslims are 2 separate nations ). If someone is intellectually honest he will admit this theory was bogus, and was in furtherance of the British divide and rule policy to incite hatred between Hindus and Muslims ( see BN Pande’s speech ‘History in the service of imperialism‘ ).
It will be said that Partition was in 1947, a long time back. My reply is : time is immaterial. West and East Germany were reunited in 1990 after 45 years partition, and North and South Vietnam in 1975 after 30 years. When Mazzini spoke of Italian unification he was called a dreamer, but his ‘dream’ became true thanks to Cavour and Garibaldi.
Why do I say that India and Pakistan are one country ? That is because we share the same culture. Culture revolves mainly around language, not religion, and most of us in India and Pakistan speak the same language Hindustani, called Urdu in Pakistan and Hindi in India ( in addition to Punjabi, Sindhi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Bengali, Pashto, etc ). Pakistani culture is Indian culture, not Arab culture, as I have explained in the article below.
Is Pakistan part of Arab culture or Indian culture: Read Justice Katju
Is India a nation? Justice Katju reveals the truth
When the Pakstan cricket team was beaten by England in the Wiorld Cup final many Indians celebrated. I wrote that they are behaving like fools, because India and Pakistan are one country, and so a defeat for Pakistan is our defeat too. Indian and Pakistani soldiers who shoot at each other are fools, because they are shooting at their own countrymen.
What is Pakistan ? It is Punjab, Sind, Balochistan & KP. These were all part of India from Mughal times.
2. Like you, I too support Imran Khan. I do not know him, have never met him, do not belong to his caste or religion, and do not expect anything from him. On many issues I disagree with him. But I support him because I believe him to be basically an honest man. The toshakhana matter is trivial compared to the huge loot by the PDM leaders who siphoned off billions of dollars from Pakistan to foreign countries, where they bought and own huge assets, as the Panama Papers and other evidence disclosed.
That having been said, it is necessary to clarify that the test of every political system and political activity is one, and only one : does it raise the standard of living of the masses ? Does it give them better lives ?
Looking from that perspective, it is obvious that even if Imran Khan becomes the Prime Minister nothing basic will change in Pakistan. Massive poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, lack of proper healthcare and good education will continue as before, with at most some cosmetic and trivial changes.
3. You seem to be very hostile to a Revolution, because millions are killed in it. In this connection I wish to ask you a simple question : if you have to choose between two options, either you being killed or miserable, or your children/grandchildren being killed or miserable, and there is no third option, which would you prefer ? I think most people will say let my children/grandchildren live and be happy, even if I perish.
So you must decide whether you wish to see the present state of affairs continue in Pakistan, with most people living horrible lives with massive poverty, unemployment, etc or a drastic change for the better, which can only come by a Revolution, not by parliamentary elections, and in which many lives will have to be sarificed to secure a brighter future.
4. You have a high opinion of Jinnah. I submit that both Gandhi and Jinnah were objectively British agents, as I have said in many articles, and were responsible for the tragedy of Partition in which half a million people were horribly killed, and millions displaced.
The truth about Jinnah is in this article. He was initially ( upto 1920s ) secular and patriotic, but he later became highly communal and a shameless British agent.
I hasten to add that I do not advocate the RSS concept of Akhand Bharat, which stands for reunited India under Hindu domination. The Indian Reunification Association (IRA), of which I am the Patron advocates peaceful, voluntary reunification of India with no community dominating over any other, and led by secular, patriotic, modern minded leaders determined to rapidly modernise and industrialise the country, and give our people a high standard of living and decent lives.
हमें गूगल न्यूज पर फॉलो करें. ट्विटर पर फॉलो करें. वाट्सएप पर संदेश पाएं. हस्तक्षेप की आर्थिक मदद करें