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India, Pak must widen bond street via people-to-people contact, trade
30.01.19 - Tridivesh Singh Maini
India, Pak must widen bond street via people-to-people contact, trade



It is no secret, that bilateral trade and people to people ties have suffered as a result of estranged relations between New Delhi and Pakistan for the past 7 decades. Some recent developments especially pertaining to religious tourism and links between the two Punjab’s have rekindled hope.

Economic links and People to people links pre -1965

If one were to look at the trajectory of the bilateral relationship, in the immediate aftermath of independence, both trade and the movement of people between both countries was far more than it is today.
 
A strong reiteration of this argument is that in 1948-`1949, India’s share of Pakistan’s global exports was nearly 24% and it’s share of Pakistan’s global imports was well over 50%. While in recent years, there have been numerous debates about Pakistan providing India Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. In 1957, General Ayub Khan provided India the equivalent of the MFN status (while initially this was provided for a period of 3 years, this was further extended).

The point, that in the 1950's and 1960s interactions between citizens of both countries, specifically the two Punjab’s were substantial, has been well documented. During this period, Sikh pilgrims got a chance to visit their Gurdwaras  (holy shrines) (including Nankana Sahib, the birth place of the founder of the Sikh faith , Guru Nanak, which had been left behind in Pakistani Punjab, friends who had been separated from each other got a chance to reunite (the first major occasion being an India-Pakistan cricket series in 1955) and many were optimistic, that both countries may just leave behind the acrimony of the bitter and bloody partition of 1947. A lot is written about the wars with Pakistan from a security angle, but some scholars rightly argue, that it was the war of 1965, an ensuing tensions, which affected economic ties as well as links between people of both countries. It was not just links between the two Punjab’s but also Rajasthan-Sind which got impacted (the Thar Express which connected both regions was discontinued after the 1965 war)
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A World Bank report which identified the logistical impediments estimated the potential of bilateral trade at 37 Billion USD, while the current level of bilateral trade is 2 Billion USD.
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Post the Simla Agreement in 1971, some attempts were made to improve relations. India and Pakistan initiated a rail service, Samjhauta Express in 1976, which ran between Amritsar and Lahore. While the train service was begun as a daily service, it now runs bi-weekly, and runs only from Attari to Wagah. Pakistani passengers who have travel to New Delhi, board another train which then takes them to New Delhi

In the late 1990's, and the period between 2004-2008 there were efforts to rekindle people to people links and to enhance economic relations. Some of the major initiatives included bus services; Delhi-Lahore, Srinagar-Muzzafarabad and Amritsar-Nankana Sahib and a rail service, Thar Express, connecting Rajasthan and Sindh was resumed after 4 decades. For boosting trade an Integrated Check Post (ICP) was set up at Attari, for some time, there was a rise in trade, logistical impediments have acted as a major stumbling block, as have political tensions between both countries. A World Bank report which identified the logistical impediments estimated the potential of bilateral trade at 37 Billion USD, while the current level of bilateral trade is 2 Billion USD. Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria himself estimated the potential of trade at 30 Billion USD while addressing the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in May last year.

It would be fair to say that there has been a general indifference or skepticism with regard to the relevance of trade and people to people ties. At the same time, civil society activists on both sides of the Radcliffe, businessmen (especially in both the Panjab’s), religious pilgrims and those belonging to divided families on both sides of the divide, have continued to pitch for more reasonable visa regimes.

Kartarpur Corridor

Ever since the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor (the corridor seeks to connect Dera Baba Nanak, India with Darbar Sahib, Narowal in Pakistan – the shrine where the First Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev spent the last few years of his life) in November 2018, there may have been skepticism from the Cassandras of Doom (with many in India arguing, that the Kartarpur Corridor is an ISI conspiracy).  Such individuals forget, that this has been a longstanding demand of large sections of the Sikh community for long.

The inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor has compelled both New Delhi and Islamabad to keep channels of communication open (albeit outside the framework of the comprehensive dialogue). New Delhi and Islamabad are of course yet to work out the modalities for travel (such as number of pilgrims daily and whether or not a passport would be required for travel)

This is good news, shutting the doors is beneficial to neither side. Kartarpur has also resulted in a more serious and nuanced discussion on the possibility of religious tourism, people to people links and economics in giving a boost to the bilateral relationship.
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Apart from statesmanship and foresight from New Delhi and Islamabad, the Punjab’s on both sides have a very constructive role to play in the bilateral relationship, since trade links as well as greater people to people links will benefit them the most.
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While speaking on the foundation ceremony of the Corridor, Imran Khan unequivocally pitched, not just for a better relationship, but also spoke for the need for closer economic ties between both countries.

Apart from accepting the long standing demand of Kartarpur Corridor, a number of other good will gestures have been undertaken by Khan’s government, they include, issuing of visas to Hindu pilgrims to visit the religious shrine of Katasraj. Pakistan government has also taken note of the dilapidated condition of three historical Gurdwaras in Jhelum -- Gurdwara Bhai Karam Singh, Gurdwara Choa Sahib and Janam Asthan Mata Sahib Kaur and these shall be restored – the Walled City of Lahore Authority will assist in the same by providing technical expertise.  Pakistan has also decided to convert a fort in Haripur, built by Hari Singh Nalwa (a commander in the Sikh Khalsa Army, which was the army of the Sikh empire) into a museum. 

The recent decision to provide visas on arrival to citizens of countries will make it more convenient for Sikhs settled overseas (especially in US, UK and Canada) to visit Pakistan, and could play an important role in bridging the gap between both countries.

Emphasis on people to people ties

The Imran Khan government has undertaken some important steps from promotion of people to people contacts in general and religious tourism in particular. The Modi government has given mixed signals with regard to Pakistan, though after approving the construction of the Kartarpur Corridor it has spoken in favour of people to people links.  PM Modi, a day after his cabinet’s approval for the Kartarpur Corridor, had in fact stated, that if the Berlin Wall could come down, there was no reason why India and Pakistan could not improve their ties. While addressing a rally, Modi stated:

‘We are making efforts to ensure that there is no obstacle in reaching the pilgrimage centre’.

Recently, on a visit to Attari, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke in favour of economic ties as well as closer people to people links.

It was interesting to see the views of some prominent strategic commentators. While generally it is the contentious issues which are given greater importance in the broader Indo-Pak narrative, Ashraf Jahangir Qazi a retired Pakistani diplomat, and former High Commissioner to India, in an article for Dawn argued for Pakistan extending MFN status to India. Qazi also said:

‘Pakistan should offer travel, communications, confidence and security-building (including regular nuclear and water-management) discussions and proposals….’

Conclusion

It is time, that India and Pakistan take people to people contacts more seriously, the realization that they could play an important role in reducing tensions is a welcome development. To ensure that these are successful, both governments will have to invest in them, and ensure that bureaucratic rules and paranoia do not acts as spoilers. Apart from statesmanship and foresight from New Delhi and Islamabad, the Punjab’s on both sides have a very constructive role to play in the bilateral relationship, since trade links as well as greater people to people links will benefit them the most.
 
 

Tridivesh Singh Maini is a New Delhi-based policy analyst associated with The Jindal School of International Affairs, Sonipat.


 

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A Metaphor for Migration
21.01.19 - AMANDEEP SANDHU
A Metaphor for Migration



ABOUT A DECADE back driving on the Interstate 93 near Boston, my host who had left Panjab as a kid, started singing from the famous epic tragic romance Heer Ranjha. I asked him how he knew the lines? He replied his grandmother used to sing them to him. 'When did they arrive to the US?' He said his family had started moving a century ago. 'As cultivators to California. My uncles married Mexican women.' The information filled the gaps around the formation of the anti-imperialist Gadhar Party and the well-known saga of the ship Komagata Maru in the early 20th century.

Since then I have been curious to learn more about early Panjabi Diaspora in the North Americas and elsewhere in the world. The well-structured, quick read novel The Rainbow Acres by Simrita Dhir fills this gap. TRA sketches the era when gold was discovered in California and depicts the lives and journeys of a man and a woman from their faraway native lands on two ends of the world to the West Coast of the United States. Dhir alternates the chapters between Kishan Singh and Sophia Morales, from Noor Mahal in Panjab and Acapulco, later Guadalajara and then the village Bahia de Kino in Mexico, to parallel how people are marginalized – either through ravages of nature or political turmoil –and how they become migrants seeking refuge in alien lands. 

Kishan was a disowned child, brought up by his kind abut aloof maternal uncle and aunt. The Panjab he grew up in evokes nostalgia for its composite culture: agrarian and in this region on the river Satluj the crop is water melons, a Muslim teacher Master Imtiaz Ali who guides Kishan, introduces him to English and other language novels in translation, his deep and aching love for Roop who belongs to a class above his, his enduring friendship with the wrestler Jaspal, the Hindu pawn shop owner who extends loan on faith, and his own only desire to study hard and bag a government job. Tragedy strikes when Roop is married off to someone else, the river Satluj floods and the fields are ravaged, and disease kills his aunt and Jaspal's father. After the deluge, along with Jaspal, he decides to seek his fortunes in the United States. Dhir is at her best here perhaps aided by unconscious memory and experience but also because even a century later remnants of such a Panjab exist. 
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TRA showcases similarities between Panjabi and Mexican cultures in terms of marriages and rituals of religion – Sikh and Catholic; the similarities between Panjab and California, including five rivers; the relationship between people and their lands and how sometimes new lands echo the sense of belonging of native lands. 
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Early in Sophia's story she is listening to her grandmother Paula talk about her past: how she and Sophia's grandfather Jacin left Spain to come to Mexico, Mexico gained independence, Sophia's two uncles joined the army and died fighting in the Mexican-American war 1948. Jacin stops playing the Banjo, her father Antonio takes over the confectionary business to support the family. The narration is once removed for being reported but gives the sense that Dhir has done her homework well. By the time we move to Sophia’s fifteenth birthday, the narration is more settled. We learn of Sophia introducing chocolate to her father's store. How the business becomes a huge hit, Sophia gets married to a government official, moves from south to north Mexico, bears two sons and a daughter Isabel. All seems well when man made tragedy strikes: her parents are killed in riots, her husband and sons die in a rebel attack. Suddenly her whole world crashes and she is forced to flee her home with Isabel to find her destiny in the United States. 

In the United States, Kishan and Jaspal start from ground zero but within familiar Panjabi networks, performing labour in farms. Through hard work and diligence they gradually progress to own a farm. Sophia and Isabel, through their own refugee networks, reach this farm to perform labour. Telling more than that would be sneaking out a story best served when read. Dhir’s characters go through highs and the lows, encounter the kindness of strangers, the chicanery and exploitation of those who are supposed to be friends or relatives. TRA showcases similarities between Panjabi and Mexican cultures in terms of marriages and rituals of religion – Sikh and Catholic; the similarities between Panjab and California, including five rivers; the relationship between people and their lands and how sometimes new lands echo the sense of belonging of native lands. 
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In some parts, the book does read like it is oriented towards a film script which might be a good thing for anyone wanting to make a film but robs the reader of details and texture.
Publisher: Om Books International. Pages: 287.  
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Dhir has a fantastic story with all its pieces in place but I wonder why she restrained herself from telling a fuller story. After the early chapters, I found Kishan and Jaspal's journey to United States and their being at the immigration camp a bit thinly detailed. This is when we know Kishan is familiar with English language and this could have been used to great advantage. Especially when the ships and the camps are mixed nationalities where English is the language of power. The novel also gives a sense that most of the troubles the protagonists face are solved rather easily through luck or happenstance, like in movies. In fact, in some parts, the book does read like it is oriented towards a film script which might be a good thing for anyone wanting to make a film but robs the reader of details and texture. 

What I found most commendable about TRA is that through her choice of characters and milieu Dhir has created a metaphor for migrants and migration not only in their times but which rings true even today when the United States contemplates a wall on the Mexican border and the Sikh Diaspora struggles with issues of identity. Though the genre is historical romance, it resounds as contemporary and timely. It is a success of the book. It is also a tragic commentary on the unending misery of the world that creates extreme circumstances which uproot migrants and force them to become refugees, like unfolding right now in Syria, Myanmar and Venezuela. Yet, for Panjab, its Diaspora, and also for Mexico, Dhir is a new voice on the horizon. 

 
Amandeep Sandhu is working on a non-fiction on Panjab.
 
 

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‘I’m livid about the film, but…’: The secret journal of Manmohan Singh
13.01.19 - Overrated Outcast*
‘I’m livid about the film, but…’: The secret journal of Manmohan Singh



REMEMBER THAT dumb book Sanjay Baru wrote about his time as my media advisor? Yeah, it’s a movie now. And Anupam Kher is playing me. I am livid about the movie but that is a little flattering. Narendar got Vivek Oberoi – the poor man’s Vivek Oberoi – and I got Anupam Kher, our greatest living actor. He did play a reasonable person in public for so many decades. That must have taken extraordinary talent!

Akshaye Khanna is playing Sanjay Baru. Khanna as Baru breaks the fourth wall to say supposedly profound things with a smug face, while he regales us with one-sided wisecracks that wouldn’t have been funny even on paper. Pity Khanna didn’t kill a puppy in the first scene or his cheap imitation of Frank Underwood would have been complete.

One of the things that Sanjay Baru has implied in his book is that he discussed all the important events of the prime ministership with me and gave me advice. He even claimed credit for my ascension as prime minister. Apparently, he had written an editorial in 1999 in the Indian Express’ financial supplement calling for me to be made prime minister. Thanks, Baru. Nobody had any idea that Sonia Gandhi got her political advice in 2004 from the least-read supplement of India’s fourth-most-read English-language paper from five years ago.

Let me tell you about how smart Sanjay Baru is. Remember when I was on a trip to America and Rahul Gandhi held a press conference to tear a page? Yeah, Baru’s public advice to me at that time was to resign my post while still in America. That’s such good counsel. Why not embarrass the country in the middle of an important overseas tour? Why not abandon something that I’d spent my entire term working towards? I have no idea what I’d have done without such a wise consigliore.

‘Me vs Modi’

The BJP isn’t even pretending that they had nothing to do with this movie. They’re promoting it everywhere. Someone tell Narendar to stop trying to cash in on my popularity. It’s not going to work, my man. Everyone loves me again because of you. Thanks to your disastrous reign, they remember that crazy garbage fire we called UPA 2 with fond memories. The more they see you in action, the more they miss me.

You see, dear Narendar, whatever my faults, at least I didn’t subvert every constitutional institution, turn Parliament into a rubber stamp and sow seeds of mistrust among various communities. I didn’t even go to Pakistan, let alone uninvited and without getting anything in return. Neither did I turn into a human Trojan horse and let the enemy inside the gates of the citadel itself. Nor did I douse the ember of a burgeoning economy along with the hopes and dreams of millions of people with an idea so bad no sane economist would endorse it. So yeah, good luck trying to make everyone forget all that with a badly made movie.
 
Both Baru and Kher have justified their portrayal of me by saying that they are doing it for me. That they’re not doing it for commercial or personal gain. But out of their wish to give me a voice. What a load of crap! Thanks, but no thanks.
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You see, dear Narendar, whatever my faults, at least I didn’t subvert every constitutional institution, turn Parliament into a rubber stamp and sow seeds of mistrust among various communities. I didn’t even go to Pakistan, let alone uninvited and without getting anything in return. 
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I find this insistence on treating me like a victim quite infuriating. Like I’m some sort of dupe who just goes along with things. For your kind information, I am not a fool whom other people can easily manipulate. I am not someone who has no ownership of my own decisions. I am not devoid of any agency.

Coalition compulsions

Do you know what I had to go through to become prime minister? 

Yes, I did what I had to do to stay in power. I had to make deals with my coalition partners and deliver on their demands. I looked the other way when their representatives were committing harakiri. Would there be things I would do differently if I could go back? Of course! To quote my dear friend George W Bush, mistakes were made. However, I got to put my mark on this great country. I got to improve some lives for the better. Secure a future for millions of people. And I wouldn’t change that for the world.

The decision to accept the prime minister’s post was mine. The decision to stay on was mine. The decision to bear all that humiliation sent my way and still run the country with what I thought was a steady hand was mine. No one talked me into it.

Many people ask me, why don’t I write my tell-all memoir. There is a good reason for it. I have enjoyed some of the important positions of power in this country. Except one. And I want to add that to my resume too.

And when I do, they will call me The Accidental President.
 
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