ISLAMABAD: It seems success has gone into the head of Modi, the prime minister of India. He continues with his atrocities in occupied Kashmir. He does not care about the UN or the international community. He seems oblivious of the facts of history and is lavishly spending on weapons. This is slowly but surely bleeding India’s economy, which was hinted some time ago by past PM and well-known economist Dr Manmohan Singh. Modi took a unilateral decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. There is a UN resolution asking for a plebiscite in Kashmir to decide its fate in line with the wishes of its people. No power lasts forever, and history is merciless in teaching a lesson to those who don’t listen. The British ruled the subcontinent for over 200 years, but they eventually had to leave. They still managed to survive much better because of their economic strength. However, time was not that sympathetic to the USSR, one of the two world powers at the time. It forgot that power lied in a strong economy, not stockpiles of weapons. The USSR eventually broke up leaving the world at the mercy of the only superpower, the US. China, on the contrary, has risen not because of weapons but because of their economic prowess. Modi must realise the karma of history, especially if he keeps bleeding India economically and killing people mercilessly. The best thing for Modi is to stop the atrocities in Kashmir, settle the issue as per the wishes of its people and let India and the entire region prosper economically. Otherwise, he might face a horrible end and be remembered as one who was responsible for the disintegration of India.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2019.