Love-hate relationships between India and Pakistan have witnessed as many as four major wars. People of both sides are so “patriotic” that they can even nuke each other in a matter of seconds. Patriots of both countries often take to social networking sites to make sure that the patriotism still flows deep in their veins. All the patriots seem to have a full collection of website links which they use as a weapon on the social networking battlefields. They bombard their opponents with a slew of links to support their traditional claim – my country is more powerful than yours. After a long tiring debate, when they find that their opposition being not ready to acknowledge the traditional fact, they gradually resort to abuses. Meanwhile other soldiers join the debate and without any delay they start hurling abuses at each other. Could I beg to say that no conclusion has been drawn out of millions of serious debates among these social networking intellectuals?
It is very interesting to know that the way they measure one’s patriotic level is very unique in the world. How good patriot you are depends upon how badly you hate the other country, rather, how much you love your own nation. Surprisingly, their philosophy is direct opposite to what the rest of the world believes in. The world looks at the positive side and ignores the negative side; on the contrary, our social media soldiers believe in looking at negative part and kicking aside the positive part. Needless to say, both countries consist of both the negative and the positive, though the positive stuffs taking place across the border are often overlooked by them. For example, the Pakistanis looked after an Indian girl, Geeta, for 10 years as if she were their own girl, on the other hand, almost all Indian schools along with both houses of the parliament observed 2-minute-silence in the memory of Peshawar victims. Collecting 15 lakh Indian rupees for the medical treatment of a Pakistani girl, Saba, indeed gives us a reason to spread love across the border.
Nearly all developed nations have realised the importance of good relations with other countries. This realisation drove two biggest arch rivals of the world, the USA and Japan who fought a nuclear war in 1945, to forge an alliance for a better future. Today they are enjoying their friendship which has been bearing fruits for decades. The USA is now the largest business partner of Japan. It also accounts for 45.9% of Japanese Foreign Direct Investment at the moment. Both cooperate and help each other in all possible ways. As Japan lacks fertile farmlands, it mostly imports from the USA raw materials, food items, agricultural products etc. The USA, on the other side, imports manufactured goods i.e. automobiles, computers, computer parts, telecommunication equipment, engineering products etc. from Japan. Additionally, when the tsunami of 2011 stuck Japan, thousands of American soldiers swung into action in a flash to rescue the Japanese victims. This operation came to be known as ‘Operation Tomodachi’ which is the largest bilateral rescue mission in the world, as of now.
There are many such examples of forming good relations after fighting deadly wars. In simple words, many countries are now good friends despite the fact that they were enemies once in the past. France and Germany are other two countries which fought wars with each other during the Second World War and later became friends. As the cursor goes down on the screen, I come to know that Canada and the USA too have formed friendship by sweeping aside their boundary disputes.
By now, it is abundantly clear that good relations between India and Pakistan will benefit both the countries. If Japan and America had such intellectuals who could exploit every opportunity to dispense hatred on social networking sites, they would, for certain, never be friends. This, of course, leads us to a rather quirky conclusion. Wish we had fewer intellectuals than we have!
Guest Post By: Mrityunjay Chaubey