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Apropos of the editorial “Strategic strike” (FE, September 30), the India-Pakistan border is now a very turbulent part of the world, threatening to become a theatre of war.

Published: October 8, 2016 6:19 AM

Time for a détente

Apropos of the editorial “Strategic strike” (FE, September 30), the India-Pakistan border is now a very turbulent part of the world, threatening to become a theatre of war. From the look of it, it is hard to envisage a reduction of tensions any time soon. Given the subjectivity in reporting, it is a hazy picture that we get. Denial and disinformation appear to have become the name of the game to win the propaganda war. Truth becomes a casualty when both sides present a very one-sided picture of the stand-off. Citizens who advocate diplomacy as against war to settle differences and disputes are asked to close ranks behind the ‘hawks’ and support military action unreservedly in the name of nationalism. This ill-befits a democracy worth its name. Opposition to the scourge of war does not stem from the lack of patriotism, but from the awareness of the immorality and futility of war. It is now time for some straight talking. India is predominantly Hindu and Pakistan is predominantly Muslim and the two countries can flaunt religion as the flag of patriotism only at their own peril. No purpose is served by cultivating “infinite enmity” between neighbours. The leash of common sense must restrain the dog of war. The likely terrible cost in death and suffering must dissuade the leaders from contemplating war. There is much good to come from taking the long view and restarting the long-stalled peace process. A new era of permanent peace and prosperity in the region housing one fifth of humanity must be overriding goal of everybody’s approach towards the bilateral relations between the two neighbours.

G David Milton
Maruthancode (Tamil Nadu)

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