The Pakistan Flooding and the Indian offer to help
In the name of the religion, or out of fear, or out of greed – the mankind has shown its ugly side for centuries. Time over time, we have proved that we can be idiots, stupids and morons – all combined in one. Before the partition of 1947, the Indian Continent had a seamless and peaceful coexistence of multi-cultures and multi-religions. What followed during the 1940s decade was something that would have been incomprehensible a few years before the partition – hundreds of thousands dead, rape and loot in the open, a lawless society attacking their own neighbors with vengeance, the same neighbors they had treated like their own before the riots.
Fast forward to 2010. Pakistan is suffering one of the worst crisis since partition – the mother nature has shown its ugly side this time. Beginning in July 2010 following heavy monsoon rains, a vast spread flooding has surprised Pakistan in the worst possible way. Thousands dead, over a million homes destroyed, more than twenty million people injured or homeless….. At one point, one-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area was underwater.
At a difficult and a tragic time like this, India has offered what a natural neighbor should always do – help the neighbor during crisis even if you don’t get along. India has offered $5 million in aid to Pakistan for flood relief. This could be a start of something good, something different than war-path of last 60 years. This could help the two sides to heal their wounds and perhaps start something anew. Continue reading