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Reunite India, Pakistan, Bangladesh!
says Syria’s Grand Mufti
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
As the governments of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh take hesitant half-steps towards complete normalization are the leaders of these nations aware of how the strife torn Middle-East nations are eying them?
It has been repeatedly pointed out in these columns that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have the potential to convert South Asia into the role model for other regions as the world moves towards a new global order. The creation of a South Asian Union having joint defence, common market and free movement of people and goods has been repeatedly advocated as a feasible proposition to undo the spirit of the Partition without compromising the sovereignty of SAARC member nations.
America and the rest of the western world cannot play the desired role to defuse the crises erupting in the countries of the Middle East. India and its immediate neighbours can. This truth was spectacularly vindicated to an Indian delegation of journalists who recently visited Syria. When some of them met with the Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badr Al-Din, they were startled by his remarks. Mr. Prakash Nanda, Editor of Uday India weekly, reproduced verbatim what the Mufti said. His remarks were stunning.
The Mufti said:
It is of course neither practical nor desirable that the countries of undivided India reunite. But it is both feasible and necessary that the walls of suspicion and hostility that divide them are broken down. It is not only the common people of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh who yearn for the revival of cultural nationalism in South Asia destroyed by petty politicians. Many parts of the world in ferment are watching us. Are the leaders of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh listening?
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03/11/2012 14:16 PM