Pakistan foreign policy runs on a 'thug model'

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What would it be like if North Korea installs a “elected” figure head for day-to-day governance but allows the control of the army to a puppet general who in reality reports to THE KIM? Would you start calling this setup a democracy? Yes, the lives of the locals may improve - and the country may have the appearance of a democratic existence - but would be this entity be considered trust worthy by the international community? Especially when the control of the nuclear bomb remains at the hands of a unreasonable dictator …


This is how Pakistan is run. It looks like a democracy on the surface - but in the name of their national security, it is rogue, and autocratically run army has become a regional threat. This condition is worsened by a factor of a million by the fact that Pakistan is a growing nuclear power.

Actions of Pakistan affect not just India, but the entire world because today Pakistan has become a potential catalyst to a future World War. It has the right mix - lots of undeserved, unaccounted power and a dysfunctional internal dynamic, so easily misused.

When USA attacked Iraq, and Afghanistan - a justification of world peace was given - and as it turned out the conditions then didn’t even require such an alarm. However, the rusty nature of Iraqi and Afghanistani ‘systems’ made them appear like a threat to the western world. Pakistan is very good at running a facade of democracy - where in reality, it’s government is no more effective that a glorified municipal authority. This entity that they call government also occasionally doubles as the front-man and pick-up boy for the ‘boss thug’ - the Pakistan army.

Then the question is - who runs Pakistan?

Anybody who offers the most. This is their model. And seems to have worked pretty well for them so far. Pakistan works as a henchman for richer nations’ covert agendas in the sub-continent. Be it USA or China. Like a local thug who has the backing of a powerful politician.

India - may be several times saner and more powerful than Pakistan - is not a match for Pakistan - because our good democratic system doesn’t allow the ‘thug game’ to work. So, we appeal to the international community, literally beg USA for taking our side. Somewhat like that battered local businessman who runs to the politician complaining about the thug.

India has ZERO leverage over Pakistan or China, and we're scared to get our hands dirty

Won't we all like to teach Pakistan a lesson? Ceasefire violations, killing lakhs of innocents, occupying Indian territory, gifting Indian territory to China, orchestrating terrorism on Indian soil ... Pakistan has always behaved badly, and will go on to behave this way. Now it should not shock the Indian establishment, at least this much should be the lesson.

India needs to realize that though the world has grown - and there a lot of checks and balances over how one state can push the other state around, like in the medieval times, the nature of war and human greed hasn’t changed much. We need to quit playing by the rules because nobody else is.

As through the collective hard work of our population - our economy has just started making a mark. The old powers are desperate at holding onto their wealth. It’s very much in their interest to use thugs like Pakistan to push India around - while keeping the appearance of a modern democratic world. To break this glass ceiling India needs to start fighting it’s own battles and more importantly, be ready to take these battles underground.

So, if Pakistan wants a proxy war, you give them a proxy war, and be unashamed about it. Like Israel. India needs to beat Pakistan at its own game. That is the only solution. India’s survival depends on a dismantled weak Pakistan.

Though we can always enjoy some biryani over a mushayra during the cultural exchange.

Written by Ishaan Mohan Bagga

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