Monday, September 13, 2010

Pakistan

I am not a fan of Pakistan. The central Pakistan government doesn't even pretend to control its outlying provinces, but I am not sure if this is a good idea. It would probab;y just cause more instability along the Indian border. Though putting the whole country under trusteeship would probaby be a good idea, it's not going to happen. The real probablem is who controls the nukes and the treachery of the isis.

This artificial nation has already lost Bangladesh. Now floods give good reason to dismember the rest

Pakistan “is confronted with an existential threat from fanatics, zealots and extremists on the one hand and from the material devastation caused by the history’s worst floods on the other,” Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari stated earlier this week. “The existence of Pakistan” is now at stake, echoed Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.


The end of Pakistan — its dismemberment into its constituent parts — could be all for the good. Pakistan — a creation of colonial Britain that’s barely a half-century old — is less a country than an acronym whose passing would soon be forgotten. There is no Pakistani nation.

The P in Pakistan stands for Punjab, its most industrialized region whose Indus River people have an ancient civilization. The A stands for Afghania, a backward rural region (since renamed) that could not be more different than the Punjab. The K stands for Kashmir, an agriculturally rich, conflict-riven area cleaved and claimed by India and China as well as Pakistan. S stands for Sindh, another Indus River nation whose history is also as old as civilization itself, and which rivals the Punjab in literacy and economic development. Pakistan’s last three letters — TAN — represent Balochistan, its largest but least populous and poorest province, despite its mineral riches.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The whole region is tribal, which tribalism will collapse. Oil funding has propped up much of tribalism’s failure, artificially held together with despots and their 2 class system, feudalism.

Perhaps Iraq will now make it. And India should pull through because it is developing a middle class thanks to:

- An attempt at secularism
- Finally a good PM Singh who began as Finance minister to stop the socialist tendencies of Nehru & successors. They now seem to have reversed the “let’s keep the village” mentality of Gandhi… that tribal mentality will not work in large populations.

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