Peace is sometimes more difficult to find than war: M J Akbar

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New Delhi | Published: December 9, 2016 12:09:05 PM

Keeping the numerous terror attacks from numerous Pakistan-based extremist groups on India in the background, at an India-China think-tank forum today, M J Akbar, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs explained how the country is looking at the situation and what efforts it is making to meet the challenges posed to peace in these volatile times in the region.

Akbar, in his most calibrated manner highlighted the dangers posed by the course of action that leads to violence. (AFP)Akbar, in his most calibrated manner highlighted the dangers posed by the course of action that leads to violence. (AFP)

Keeping the numerous terror attacks from numerous Pakistan-based extremist groups on India in the background, at an India-China think-tank forum today, M J Akbar, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs explained how the country is looking at the situation and what efforts it is making to meet the challenges posed to peace in these volatile times in the region. Akbar, in his most calibrated manner highlighted the dangers posed by the course of action that leads to violence. He said, “The dangers of terrorism are not simply the obvious ones, a big danger is its ability to divide people and societies.”

Considering the importance of China in the region and the burgeoning economic links with India, Akbar underlined that country’s role by saying, “A mature friend is far far more valuable than a hysterical partner.” At the same time, Akbar was clearly hinting at the role that Pakistan is playing in regional politics where a number of home-grown elements are tussling for power leading to multiple power centres aside from the political and army.

Considering the volatile nature of the Pakistani establishment and its continuous attacks on India, Akbar delivered the most telling comment by saying, “Peace is sometimes more difficult to find than war.”

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Akbar finally added, “In post empire era, both India and China agreed that religion cannot be the basis of nationalism. In sub-continent this idea was challenged by votaries of the Muslim League,who argued that religion could be basis of nation state. Parallel story that religion on which they wanted nation state, Islam,there is no history of Islam being basis of political unity.”

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