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|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
When this columnist propagates the compelling need to undo the spirit of the Partition his critics mock him for being a romantic. They do not appreciate the logic of history. If a historical trend starts it will not stop till it reaches its logical end. The movement of history may be slow or fast. It may be interrupted or hastened. But unless its direction is consciously changed by new policy the final result remains inevitable.
Historical trends cannot be halted. They must be reversed. The spirit of the Partition needs to be undone not for romantic sentiment but because our future as a nation depends upon it.
Once we lost our real identity history started on its new trend. After the 1947 Partition Pakistan was partitioned to carve out a sovereign Bangladesh. The separatist movements in Kashmir and Baluchistan continue to simmer and splutter. There are separatist movements in India’s northeast.
Consider the fulminations of Mr. Raj Thackeray in Mumbai. He labels migrants from Bihar as “infiltrators” and issues threats against them. It is fragrant violation of law but no action is taken against him, neither by the Maharashtra government nor by the central government nor by the Governor and nor by the President.
Consider the actions of the Tamil Nadu politicians among whom Mr. Vaiko is the most belligerent. They make demands and issue threats to the Sri Lankan government as if the Tamils of Sri Lanka are not citizens of that country. They justify this interference by pointing out that a particular segment of the Sri Lankan population is Tamil speaking. But when Sri Lankan pilgrims, among who are a substantial number of Tamil speaking people, arrive in India the same politicians stone them and threaten them with violence demanding their expulsion. They justify this by stating that they are the citizens of Sri Lanka. These Tamil politicians identify Sri Lankans as Tamils when it suits them, Sri Lankan when it doesn’t! Does it not seem that they “don’t know who they are, (therefore) how can they know what they must do?”
This divisive trend will continue to escalate. There has been a violent phase of separatism in Punjab. It can revive as can movements in the northeast and Kashmir. That is why I also wrote on August 15, 2011:
A South Asian Union will be recreation of Hindustan.
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