Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Thursday, 6 October 2016

A Syria at our doorsteps ?

Pakistan's special Kashmir envoy , Mushahid Hussain Syed , yesterday told the members of Atlantic Council , a top American think tank ,

" Pakistan would move towards China and Russia if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered by the US .

US is no longer a world power. It is a declining power . Forget about it "

Dangerously reminiscent of President Basher  Assad of Syria inviting Russia , 2 years ago , to bomb his own countrymen !

That made the Coalition ( USA / European Countries / Turkey / Jordan / Syria / Saudi Arabia etc ) to get itself invited on their own , to bomb the Syrians !

All claiming to fight Al Quaida / ISIL / Taliban / Kurds and a dozen other " terrorists " groups , operating in Syria,
in the name of getting rid of dictator Assad ( USA led coalition ) and getting rid of ISIL ( Russia )

But , in the process killing thousands of innocent Syrians and making millions of them refugees in neighboring countries

Neither Assad , nor USA / Russia , nor those few surrounding Islamic Countries , have any love lost for the poor , suffering Syrians !

All have only their own " Strategic Interests " to safeguard !

It seems Mushahid Hussain Syed , has not learned his lesson from Syria , when he wants China / Russia to " intervene " in Kashmir  !

May be , he could not care less for, not only the people of Kashmir but even his own countrymen !

May be he forgets that after 2 years of bombing , neither USA has managed to get rid of Assad , nor has Russia managed to eliminate ISIL  !

May be he forgets that China / Russia / USA , all want India and Pakistan to keep fighting over Kashmir ( at low level , across LoC ) , and not become friends

May be he forgets that China / Russia / America want Pakistan to mortgage its economy to them !

May be it is time for citizens of both India and Pakistan to tell their politician to examine my 3 year old , following suggestion / blog :


Sunday, 20 October 2013

A Contrarian View

Pakistani prime minister , Nawaz Sharif , yesterday suggested that America should get “ involved “ in solving the “ Kashmir Issue “

Expectedly , Indian politicians are all united ( at least on one issue ! ) in telling USA :

“ Keep your hands off Kashmir . We don’t need third party intervention to solve , what is essentially , our bilateral problem , as agreed in Shimla Agreement "

Except that no politician is willing to admit the harsh ground reality that , after 60 years of LoC skirmishes – and thousands of deaths , India and Pakistan have failed to resolve the issue “ bilaterally “ !

Late Vasant Sathe was the only politician who had the ( suicidal ? ) courage to say ,

“ Only practical solution is for both countries to accept LoC as the international border

And such a “ practical solution “ can come about only through a third-party mediation , without making either Indian or Pakistani politicians losing face !

Let us admit :

Ø  Without a peaceful solution of Kashmir Issue , thousands of innocent Indians living close to LoC will continue to die

Ø  Unlike Israel , India cannot engage in “ Hot Pursuit “ of the terrorists into Pak-Occupied Kashmir , without risking an all-out Nuclear war

Ø  Western Nations ( especially USA ) need Pakistan to fight  Al Qaida. Despite endless Indian protestations , billions of dollars worth of American Aid money to improve Pakistan’s economy will continue to fund terrorists in POK

Ø  China is encircling India by establishing strong economic / military presence in Tibet / Nepal / Myanmar / Sri-Lanka / Maldive / Pakistan etc

Ø  Even Russian support to India is waning , as Russian economy gets more and more integrated with EU

Let us ask ourselves :

“ Is it right to continue spending billions of rupees in maintaining our military presence in Kashmir , when 400 million BPL Indians don’t get 2 meals a day ?

  How long must 1.6 million Indian children ( below the age of 5 ) continue to
die , year after year , due to starvation ? “


07  Oct  2016

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