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Is India what The Economist magazine describes a "paper elephant" in spite of huge increases in its military spending? Has this perception been reinforced by post-Pulwama events between India and Pakistan? Have the failures of Indian military in Balakot and Kashmir caused a reassessment of the western narrative that says "India is a rapidly rising and Pakistan is collapsing"?


India-Pakistan Military Spending: Infographic Courtesy The Economist

Do Indians, particularly its Hindu Nationalists, suffer from what Indian diplomat and politician Sashi Tharoor has described as "India's Israel Envy"? Is the Hindu Supremacist ideology similar to Naziism and Fascism? Does it represent a serious threat to world peace? Can it lead to a global disaster with billions dead if the two South Asian nations target each other with nuclear weapons?

Have post-Pulwama events brought Kashmir on the international agenda? New York Times editorial board has written: "As long as #India and Pakistan refuse to deal with their core dispute — the future of #Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state — they face unpredictable, possibly terrifying, consequences." Does this suggest that Kashmir issue is back on the agenda? IOC, the world's second largest organization of 57 countries, has condemned “in the strongest possible terms recent wave of Indian terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir that has resulted in the deaths of 48 people in the month of November alone, making 2018 one of the deadliest years." Is this a rejection of Indian position on Kashmir?

Viewpoint From Overseas host Misbah Azam discusses these questions with Sabahat Ashraf (iFaqir) and Riaz Haq (www.riazhaq.com).





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Its a paper tiger or rather elephant. Like so many other contemporary narratives of the world baaed around falsehoods, half facts and complete fabrication, India is one of them. Pakistan showed on Feb. 27 the truth about India and it contradicts the myths built on its superiority in numbers.
 

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As long as India remains stuck on the same web as Pakistan, India is nothing. 1.4 billion country reduced to being baited by a country nearly seven times smaller.


 

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Potential is there. The problem is just that the Hindu Caste system gets in the way. (I know they are trying to outlaw it). But, as long as there is disparity between the haves and the have nots and discrimination is sanctioned by the society, India cannot attain lift off.

This can be seen by looking at the median capita income of India which trails that of its "peers". Here was the case in a poll conducted by the Gallup Polling organization in 2013:

The yearly income earned by an individual in India is the lowest when compared with people living in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) nations, a Gallup survey showed on Monday.

The annual median per capita income in India stood at $616, the 99th position among 131 countries.


And, per Professor Haq's blog: @RiazHaq - the historical implementation of the caste system has led to large disparity between the connected and the untouchables.


And, Pakistanis are wealthier than the Indian. (Wealth per capita)

 

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