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    Difference between India and Pakistan

    By Bally Singh

    What is the most important difference between India and Pakistan?
    Before you try and answer this question, let me tell you why I am
    asking it. For the past few weeks I have been reading long, well
    meaning columns in several newspapers and magazines telling us
    that it is time to give up all our other interests and focus on the war in
    Kargil. Journalist after journalist writes that it is time we grew up as a
    nation and stopped worrying about cricket, silly Hindi movies and
    infantile politics and focussed, instead, on the terrible things
    happening on our borders and ensured that the intruders who have
    crossed the LoC are swiftly kicked out.

    Good thought on that, but how much sense does it make? To go
    back to my original question, most people (at least those who watch
    cricket, which means almost 90 percent of India) have been
    repeatedly saying that the real difference between India and Pakistan
    lies in the fact that Pakistan has the killer instinct, we do not. I agree
    with them up to this point. But what I find so disgustingly demeaning
    is the fact that his argument is drawn to the illogical conclusion that
    if we are to beat Pakistan we too must acquire this killer instinct.
    Nothing is further from the truth.

    India's greatest strength lies in its sagacity, its wisdom, its ingenuity
    to think through a problem and resolve it. It is no dumb nation that
    needs to emulate a half-wit army dictatorship next door that
    masquerades as a democracy. That is why even when we play
    cricket, we win some games, we lose some but we always play it our
    way, on our terms. Even in the World Cup, where we failed to make it
    to the semis, we played some rather good cricket and, what is
    particularly amusing, we defeated the so-called killer instinct team,
    whose big-mouthed captain had declared it as a mere practice match.
    Yet even after hammering the Pakistani team out of shape, not once
    did Azharuddin rub Akram's face in the dirt for that silly comment
    about a practice match. Not once did any of our players even refer to
    it. That is the grace with which India plays. That is the grace with
    which we win and occasionally lose matches. Thank God, we do not
    have the killer instinct. We do not need it. We do not want it. We
    want the winning edge. We want excellence, Style and
    Sportsmanship on the field.

    We know the difference between a game and real life. We do not see,
    we do not want to see every meeting as a point of confrontation,
    every sport as war, every dispute as an opportunity to be exploited
    for political gain. That is what makes India, India. And, yes, that is
    what makes Pakistan what it is today. An apology for a modern
    democracy. A pathetic example of a free nation. An economy that
    would put Uganda to shame. Meanwhile, India has grown from
    strength to strength. Even as the fight goes on in Kargil, our stock
    market has not just remained stable, it has, in fact, improved. Our
    economy is in good health. We may have lost the World Cup but our
    cricketers have come back safely. No secret service is leaking to the
    press which discotheques they went to in London, which casinos
    they visited. No one is burning down their homes, threatening their
    families.

    No one is instituting an inquiry to crucify them. It was just a game
    that we lost. No more; no less. Yes, we could have done better but
    that does not mean we must lose sleep over it. We have moved on to
    other things. That is what makes India different. We can cope with
    the occasional failure. We can lose the odd match and yet win the
    ultimate war because we have the capacity, the intelligence, the
    wisdom to know what is important, what is not. We are not driven by
    some mad, obsessive desire to win that will burn us to cinders when
    we fail. You can call it fatalistic if you want. I call it wise. We do not
    play on other people's terms. We play on our own. Sometimes we
    win; sometimes we lose. Neither victory nor defeat can destroy our
    self image.

    The killer instinct is the instinct of the moron. It drives you to a
    posture where you cannot face failure. It is either victory or vulgar
    self-flagellation. If you lose a cricket match (even though you may
    have played well enough to reach the finals) you must face the
    lynching mob. If you cannot extract false confessions from the
    prisoners you have captured during a skirmish, then you must torture
    them, maim them, kill them by gouging out their eyes and chopping
    off their testicles. That is the killer instinct that drives our neighbors
    because they have nothing else to drive them. For they are a stupid,
    barbaric nation posturing as if they are our equal. Pakistan can never
    be our equal simply because we are not a nation that lives only for
    victory. We live for the sheer pleasure of living, playing, winning and
    occasionally losing. We are a holistic civilization. We do not have to
    win at any cost. We are comfortable in defeat as long as we know we
    have played well. We enjoy cricket. We like to win. But that is not the
    be all and end all of our lives. We do not lynch our cricketers; we
    adore them. We do not jail our editors; we respect them. We are not
    stupid enough to believe that every game must be won and if it is
    not, we must say "off with their heads" like the Red Queen did in
    Wonderland. We would like to win the war in Kargil but that does
    not mean we will cross the LoC and violate every understanding that
    has taken years to hammer out between our nations.

    We are angry with Pakistan but that does not mean we want to shut
    every door of negotiation, barricade every window and eat, sleep,
    drink the hemlock of hate and speak, think, discuss only war, war,
    war. Biwi No. 1 is a hit right in the midst of all this. Our television
    channels have launched a delightful range of new music, drama, chat
    shows for the coming millennium. Our theatres are doing rip-roaring
    business. In fact, better business than they did last year. The FIIs are
    still investing in good Indian paper and the Sensex has defied all the
    bad news from the border and keeps rising steadily. Pundits predict
    that it could well touch 5000 before the millennium. Yes, we talk about
    the war at the border, we worry about it but it does not consume our
    lives, it does not take over our entire mind-share and leave the nation
    quavering. That is, I believe, the best rejoinder we can give a nation
    like Pakistan that is so consumed by its hate. Who are so desperate
    to defeat us on the cricket field and in the frontiers that they have no
    time left for anything else.

    We are not desperate. That is what makes us an infinitely stronger
    nation, a richer culture, a wiser people. For we know how to deal with
    both victory and defeat. We are no mindless Schwarzenegger
    swaggering through the minefields of hate. We know the price of
    every conflict. That is why, despite Kargil, we have carried on with
    our lives as we have always done. We are not obsessed with war.
    Our lives are filled with many other joys, many other pleasures, many
    other hopes and we are not going to give them up just to please a
    few belligerent generals in the Pakistani army. That is why even as
    Pakistan boasts of its Islamic roots, it is a Muslim in India who has
    been just adjudged as the world's richest Indian. He did not inherit
    his wealth like the Tatas or the Birlas. He did not make it overseas like
    the Hindujas or the Mittals. Azim Premji created Wipro sitting in
    Bangalore and working with a small team of world class
    professionals. He did it not by any killer instinct but by sheer hard
    work, an obsession for quality. He is an example for all of us. He
    represents the magic of Indian enterprise, the ingenuity of our
    people, the sheer diligence that builds nations.

    Nothing in the world can destroy that spirit. Not war. Nor defeat at
    Lord's. That is why I protest every time someone complains that we
    lack the killer instinct. That is why I protest when they say
    Azharuddin must be booted out because he does not show the kind
    of aggressive leadership Wasim Akram does. That is why it angers
    me when people say that we must "learn" from the Pakistanis how to
    win. There is nothing we need to learn from these idiots. A decrepit
    economy; a politics based on hate; a sham democracy run by the
    military; a stupid, belligerent nation hurtling towards its own
    destruction is no role model for India. We are a nation way, way
    ahead.

    #2
    Mr Sarwar
    I do agree with Bally Singh. But we must be prepared for surprises like Kargil and that to coming so soon after the "Lahore Declaration". I am not here advocating the killer instinct but we must be ready for any kind of misdaventure. We are quite strong in ourselves we don't and shouldn't compare ourselves with barbaric Pakistan. We have shown our strength during the Kargil war by not crossing the LoC fighting the enemy with one hand tied and, the indian economy actually making progress, the inflation hitting the to 2.3% the lowest ever and the sensex hitting a high of 4586.

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