Indian elections: Give peace a chance, don’t vote for Modi

Published: October 4, 2013
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What must be realised, is that Pakistan is not Gujarat, Ahmedabad or Babri Masjid- and if push comes to shove, it will do what it has to do to protect itself as well from any threat. PHOTO: REUTERS

“Mr Prime Minister, the country wants to know – what is your priority? Is it national pride and respecting the blood of martyrs or is it to show eagerness to talk to Pakistan under pressure from other countries?” 

This is how Narendra Modi addressed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a rather patriotic (or jingoistic) bid demanding to know his priorities. With such pressure from the opposition, Manmohan Singh has quite clearly shown reservations in resuming talks with Pakistan. Modi went on to state,

“I want to ask you one question, when our soldiers and innocent citizens are being killed day and night; terrorists keep troubling us, killing our innocent people, in such a scenario is it not a hasty decision by central government to hold talks with Pakistani leaders.”

Welcome to our world – the daily life of a Pakistani revolves around terrorism, too Modi. I could spout conspiratorial rhetoric, claiming India is involved in the conflict in Balochistan and atrocities in Kashmir. However, I will not.

Let us be warned here, mixing patriotism with politics can be catastrophic. America and its mindless wars are ample evidence of this fact. With electoral madness taking over India, it is no surprise that patriotism is being used as a tool by many politicians. This, however, is dangerous and may obfuscate the long term significance of Pak-India ties through playing up short term misfortunes.

Surely the Indian people are smart enough to view jingoistic statements without the prism of patriotism blocking their view, and will be able to make decisions that will benefit India and will give the prospect of peace in the region a chance as well.

Nobody wants war.

With India’s general elections around the corner, predictions have already started rolling in that Narendra Modi is one of the most prominent candidates. A recent blog published in The Express Tribune gave a detailed biography of Modi all the way from his younger years as a ‘tea boy’ called Namo to his alleged marriage and chief ministerial regime in Gujarat.

The blog post praised his ability as a political maverick, able to out manoeuvre his political opponents. I, however, believe there is no real neutral platform from which to view Modi, especially since he assumes an anti-Pakistan stance and most probably, anti-Muslim as well.

Modi, for whatever reasons, seems to have gotten the short end of the stick with regards to a lack of faith from the Indian Muslim community. As per my guess, the Gujarat riots and the Ahmedabad massacre may have something to do with this, among other things

Then again, India’s internal affairs are none of our business. In the same way, Pakistan’s internal affairs should be of no concern to India either. They should have no affect on peace talks between the two countries.

Modi’s recent statement against the two prime ministers meeting only exemplifies what the future, under his regime, may look like for the region.

Historically, it can be seen that Pakistan under Nawaz Sharif has made many efforts in resuming peace-talks with India. He has advocated at multiple times to increase cross-border relations between the two rival nations, and citizens here maintain that Pak-India relations, if amicable, would help people in India, Pakistan, Kashmir and to some extent even Afghanistan. To maintain peace in the subcontinent and the entire South Asian region, it is important to establish better, if not great, geopolitical relations with India, and we have taken all the necessary steps to pursue this prospect.

For Modi, however, making statements such as the ones below do not help the cause of any of its neighbouring countries.

“Pakistan captures a large number of fishermen off Gujarat coast and keeps them in jail for six months to one year. They torture them. This tradition is now being followed by Sri Lanka. The problem is not in the seas but with the centre (within India).”

“The main reason for such a scenario is that neighboring countries take India for granted. It is the main cause of all these problems.”

India is not the only victim.

Unfortunately, Pakistan has seen a high rise in terrorist activity within the country which, in my opinion, is a result of the imbalance in the geopolitical scenario within the entire continent. The so-called War on Terror, the politically-correct, yet diplomatically linear involvement of the United Nations, the ego-battle between India and Pakistan, and political discontent in the country are all factors that have contributed to the disgruntled state this region is in.

However, pointing fingers and playing the blame-game, that we have been doing for decades now, really cannot continue. The scenario really is simple – if peace is required in this region, India and Pakistan, have to do it themselves. It has been over 65 years since the Kashmir issue, and the United Nations continues to dilly-dally.

Egos have to be put aside and baseless statements such as ‘Pakistan breeds terrorists’ or ‘India is involved in Balochistan’ have to go. Unfortunately, at this point, it seems that the efforts being brought about are unilateral, with India still stuck in a rut against Pakistan.

In my opinion, after being targeted repeatedly by Modi, Manmohan Singh succumbed to the pressure and made a statement at the United Nations meeting, warning Pakistan to refrain from becoming the ‘epicentre of terrorism’. As premier of a democratic nation, this statement was made in bad taste.

It is deeply disconcerting to see that Pakistan is played around with as a pawn on a chess board by Indian politicians. During Nawaz Sharif’s previous premiership, relations between the two countries spiralled out of control due to unannounced interference in Kargil by General Pervez Musharraf.

Understandably, peace-talks were halted and soldiers were deployed at the borders. However, in later times, around 2005, Mr Singh invited General Musharraf to the country for a cricket match, in which it was decided that peace-talks between the nations were ‘irreversible’; only to be reversed, yet again, after the Mumbai attacks.

Having taken on peace-talks with the same person who was the cause for conflict earlier just goes to show that India was ready to move on and so was Pakistan. However, this also goes to show that India can disregard previous ‘indiscretions’ at their convenience and bring them to the foreground as and when they please.

The past is something that cannot be changed, all we can do now is move forward and it is for India now to decide whether it really is an advocate of peace, as it has maintained in the past, or not.

It is unfortunate that Manmohan Singh’s regime is now coming to an end, as I believe that his determination with respect to maintaining peace with Pakistan is still more honest than what seems to be coming next.

Defensive strategies, such as those suggested by Modi and in recent times Singh maintaining that they are ready to use force to ensure stability, will neither help the universal cause of peace, nor will it benefit the world to watch these two highly immature siblings pull at each other’s hair in a battle of whose horse is bigger. The world, including India and Pakistan, is well aware of the military capabilities each of these countries posses. There is no point in arm-wrestling it out to show the world who outdid who and resorting to reduce absolute idiocy that may spark, what might lead inadvertently to, the third world war.

Modi’s stance plays a significant persuasive role in determining the future for Indo-Pak relations. What must be realised, however, is that Pakistan is not Gujarat, Ahmedabad or Babri Masjid– and if push comes to shove, it will do what it has to do to protect itself as well from any threat.

However, is that really what we want? Another war?

There are too many nations involved in our relationship now and this war will be one that involves everyone. War is not the answer, the people of both countries realise that — it is time the politicians do too.

I just hope that during these elections, the Indian population does what’s best for India and more importantly the world at large. Your decision will affect the world, don’t forget that. There is enough terror, and peace seems to have an ‘exclusive membership only’ policy. We have the ability to be great together – let’s not jeopardise our chances before the process is even started.

Give peace a chance. Don’t vote for Modi.

erum.shaikh

Erum Shaikh

The writer is a News Editor at The Express Tribune and has an Undergraduate Degree in Law from the University of London. She tweets @shaikherum (twitter.com/shaikherum)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Vishnu Dutta

    From what it looks like all the peace disturbing events originate from Pakistan. Kargil, parliament attack,mumbai and recent incursions to name a few.
    All our inept congress govt does is tolerate it. Unless you mean that dont elect a person who would react to such things i dont see how not electing him is giving peace a chance.

    BTW if you can elect your imran khan then why cant we. Modi is much more better, and progressive then mr talk khan.Recommend

  • Rashid Ahmedkutty (Kerala,Ind)

    I’m really unable to understand why Pakistan has problem with Modi. Even though I am not a Modi fan and won’t even vote for Modi, but one thing you guys please clarify me. Did he carry out any terrorist attack against Pakistan or encouraged the people of India to go out and attack Pakistan. If your hatred is because of the Gujarat riots in which thousands of Muslims were killed, then you guys need to hate your Quaid-A-Azam who was responsible for the massacre of millions of Muslims in Indian subcontinent. Don’t you guys think, your Father of Nation is also responsible for the situation which the Muslims of India are in today directly or indirectly.Recommend

  • Sid (india)

    Let me assure you that being an Indian and seeing how my country had been ruled for the last 10 years.. we are also desperate for a change. And Narendra Modi for me represents a guarantee for our Development of infrastructures, Good Governance and striving for a Corruption free life for us the Indian people. And yes along with that a firm leader to handle a unstable Pakistan.
    And if you bring in religious sentiments against him… its a fact to remember that no leader who is an anti-Muslim can lead India.. :)Recommend

  • vijay

    You have no moral right to tell us whom to vote.India is a free country and its people have right to chose PM of their choice.Recommend

  • Naresh

    Ms Erum Shaikh : (1) ‘India is involved in Balochistan’ : India is still waiting for proof. (2) “However, in later times, around 2005, Mr Singh invited General Musharraf to the country for a cricket match, in which it was decided that peace-talks between the nations were ‘irreversible’; only to be reversed, yet again, after the Mumbai attacks”. : When nearly 200 People are killed in a Wanton Terrorist Attack and Pakistan dragging its feet – I am sure that the perpetrators and planners will never by arrested by Pakistan and Handed Over to India – stopping all dialogue if not all contacts with the Pakistan due to the Terrorist Attacks by its “Non-State Actors” is the LAST RESORT of the Indian Government. India needs Peace in the Reason without compromising its National Territory or Security or any other National Interests.

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  • Parvez

    I very rarely say this but I think you’ve got it wrong.
    My take is that Modi is using the hard line with Pakistan approach only as a political election strategy as he knows what resonates with the Indian people ( reading this small ET site should tell you something ) but once in the PM chair his agenda will be focused on his country…………and then I may be wrong.Recommend

  • Khaksar

    @Author “What must be realised, however, is that Pakistan is not Gujarat, Ahmedabad orBabri Masjid” What in the name of god did that mean????Recommend

  • BlackJack

    I am amused, amazed but amused at the sheer effrontery of advising Indians on how to vote in their elections. These are people who have allowed their army to pull them into 4 wars, people who cannot find words to condemn jihadi violence when it takes place in Kashmir (there is a small scale conflict going on in the Indian side of the LoC as I type these lines); Modi has been nowhere in the picture over the last 10 years – so why haven’t you given peace a chance?Recommend

  • Truth can’t hide

    Gosh! Do you even know that Narendra Modi is popular not because he tells us what to do but because he does what we tell him to do. For an ignorant Paki like you things like “cross border terrorism” and “Pakistan is epicentre of terror’ are ‘rhetorics’ but for me and rest of sane world it is a reality. Our lives would be so much more better in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad etc had there been no Pakistan or Pakistan sponsored terror. India might be suffering from Naxalism to North east states but that doesn’t affect my life. My life is directly affected by Jihadi terror from Pakistan. But once again Pakis like u will never get it. You keep blaming India for Balochistan without asking urself how come Balochs hate us when they are also Muslims like us unlike India which is Hindu majority. It’s clear the problem is with Pakistan. Every big terrorist has been found in Pakistan. Pakistan Army’s role in terrorism is as clear as sun and moon yet you think they are just words of ‘jingoism’. Narendra Modi will win 2014 election with thumping majority and create new records in Indian democracy because he is one man in entire India who has guts to speak the truth. He is us. I’m Nrendra Modi. We all are Narendra Modi. I’m not fool to hate Pakistan for no reason. I hate Pakistan because of what u have done and what ur doing till date and no I’m not referring to 1947. Pakis should may be for once listen to Modi! And for record, Modiji was NOT called NaMo as a kid. His childhood name was ND ( Narendra Damodardas) and most of his childhood friends were Muslims. Go read about Vadnagar. You will hear this place a lot in future!Recommend

  • Father

    1. well first of all pakistanis don’t have any right to vote or not to vote Modi.
    2. whoever rull india congress or BJP does not matter for pakistan since pakistan always play anti india slogan.
    3. Nawaz sharif’s intention is not good to india, he don’t want peace at all because after he elected infiltration has increased, ceasefire violated so on.
    4. BJP gave a chance to Nawaz to sit and discussion on issue, congress did not give any chance so far to pakistan.
    5. Pakistan plays nasty game with india only because of weak congress govt.
    6. Moreover indian/indian voter’s know better , understand better to whom they support and there is no relationship with pakistani typical muslims.
    7. India’s next PM is Modi no doubt about that and no force can’t stop that, it may be not good for pakistan as per pakistani point of view but Modi will be good for pakistan for sure.
    8. Finally don’t live with wrong knowledge/ assumptions, if you are really interested to know about Modi then do follow India’s supreme court verdict. moreover don’t try to fool peoples and don’t make nonsense comments. your comment advertisement does not goes to reflect/effect to anyone rather your image/impression will be underestimated. Recommend

  • Irony

    now even Pakistan wants congress to come back to power again….no wonder India is going against congress!!!

    FOr pakistanis- (food for thought)- Congress blackmails Indian people by bringing out secularism vs communalism and does corruption behind the curtain.
    The author needs to live in India to check the mood of the Indian people. No way has she connected with the Indian people with this article..( not even a single change of vote I assume )Recommend

  • bridgeseller

    This has to be one of the most inept pieces of writing I have ever seen published online. If I were to list out all the cliches and tired rhetoric the author has chosen to illustrate the fact that she has nothing new to say about a topic that has been beaten to death so many times, that I am afraid it’s turning into horse jerky, I would just have to copy-paste the entire article here and then shoot myself for having become so much dumber having read this absolute putrid-tripe.

    What is even more frightening is that the author apparently has a law degree from the UK. If this is the intellectual caliber of Pakistan’s brightest, and the author had to go to school abroad no less in order to try and learn to write and yet dish out a piece this poor in quality, then I am afraid to say this, but the country has no hope.Recommend

  • G. Din

    You have every right to opine how Modi’s election would be detrimental to Indo-Pak relations (although I don’t agree with you) but it is highly improper and presumptuous of you to advise Indians not to vote for Modi because you don’t like him or you feel he is not for peace or that he is anti-Muslim. It is entirely an internal affair for us.
    Peace with Pakistan may be important to Indians but it in no way approaches the level of any decisive importance for us. We have lived with a quarrelsome Pakistan for so long that we don’t care any more. You may continue to indulge yourself and carry on as before.Recommend

  • Anti Modi

    Madam Erum Sheikh,
    I’m pretty anti modi myself,but let me ask you- why did pak army pump 40 militants for Kargil II across the loc while Dr.Manmohan Singh & Mr.Nawaz Sharif were shaking hands in New York ?
    The mini battle is raging on at the loc,as I type.
    Why didn’t pak govt. ( or pak army-whoever is in Actual control of pak)- make peace with us now…Modi is not on the throne yet.
    Why haven’t you kept peace since ’89 instead of Zia sending mujahideen from Aghanistan to the loc after Soviet withdrawal…Modi was not the pm in ’89.
    You people played the fool with a thorough gentleman like Dr.Singh,in New York…is he Modi ?
    The minute Modi comes on the throne,it won’t make sense to blame 65 years of pak army mischief on him.
    Because of terrorist attacks inside my india & because of the militants,pak army pumps across the loc-people will vote for modi,cancelling out the votes like mine,made against him. You get my fine point ?
    Redirect your attention from Modi master to your own rogue army.
    If your army didn’t have a role pak foreign policy,staging coups on civillian govts,training strategic assets & playing host to honored guests like obl,dawood,hafiz sayid-NO ONE would vote for Modi.
    Read this is you don’t want to be an ostrich,Madam Erum-read & analyse …
    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22593285
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  • Anti Modi

    Madam Erum Sheikh,
    I’m pretty anti modi myself,but let me ask you- why did pak army pump 40 militants for Kargil II across the loc while Dr.Manmohan Singh & Mr.Nawaz Sharif were shaking hands in New York ?
    The mini battle is raging on at the loc,as I type.
    Why didn’t pak govt. ( or pak army-whoever is in Actual control of pak)- make peace with us now…Modi is not on the throne yet.
    Why haven’t you kept peace since ’89 instead of Zia sending mujahideen from Aghanistan to the loc after Soviet withdrawal…Modi was not the pm in ’89.
    You people played the fool with a thorough gentleman like Dr.Singh,in New York…is he Modi ?
    The minute Modi comes on the throne,it won’t make sense to blame 65 years of pak army mischief on him.
    Because of terrorist attacks inside my india & because of the militants,pak army pumps across the loc-people will vote for modi,cancelling out the votes like mine,made against him. You get my fine point ?
    Redirect your attention from Modi master to your own rogue army.
    If your army didn’t have a role in pak foreign policy/staging coups on civillian govts/training strategic assets & playing host to honored guests like obl,dawood,hafiz sayid-NO ONE would vote for Modi.
    Read this is you don’t want to be an ostrich,Madam Erum-read & analyse …
    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22593285
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  • Anti Modi

    Pak army didn’t give peace a chance BEFORE Modi came.

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  • GrimmJow

    The author is clearly forgetting that not voting for MODI does not guarantee peace with Pakistan.

    Have you forgot Vajpayee (same party, BJP) Lahore yatra?. That’s the closest India/Pakistan has been on a peace treaty at civilian level.Recommend

  • MB

    Pakistan will not give peace to india on platter. India has to deserve it and only a strong , united and confident india will get the peace , not because it wants but cause it then deserves it.
    So madam we are going to vote for a person who will make india as described above.
    For now modi looks a good candidate who can deliver.

    Our vote will not be out of fear of what pakistan would do to us if we dont impress you.
    This vote is about Us not about you.Recommend

  • Vikas

    Traitors and product of dictatorial regimes teaching patriotic people of a democratic regime. :-)Recommend

  • BrownMan84

    I just read the heading and then saw the authors name, it did not surprise me! Anyways, true that Pakistans internal matter is of no concern to India. Well the internal matter is refrained to your food security, education and things of that order. But if your internal matter of propagating terrorism against India is of deep concern. Yes your soldiers beheading our Indian soldiers and infiltrating Indian territory is of deep importance and concern. Now get back and finish your masters degree and write a good blog. The one which has meaning and not rubbish.Recommend

  • aryavart

    Does the writer not know that all wars were initiated by Pakistan. Invasion of Kashmir by tribals in 48 was followed by Op Gibraltar in 65. Then came the genocide in 71. These are facts and even your retired officers admit it. I’m not even gonna bother about kargil.

    So miss Shaikh what is this nonsense about “a push coming to a shove”?

    I also detect a subtle eagerness to mention babri etc. Have you forgotten how many temples were brought down in Pakistan? Do you know hindus and sikhs formed about 40% of the paki population just after the partition? You have already decimated the hazaras and the ahmadis. Now you are wiping out the hindus and Christians.

    Modi is right. Why should we talk to nawaz. What’s the use? You want us to believe that your army is under the control of your government? That the nukes are under civilian control? That your gov decides your foreign policy? THAT miss shaikh is called nonsense.

    Your pakiness doesn’t allow you to talk about the hindu pandits, just some other atrocities in kashmir. What about lashkar n jaish e mohammad and other infiltrations that continue to this day? Predictable. A defensive strategy towards dealing with Pakistan is costing us. Modi will correct that. Your deep state only understands when it is paid back in the same coin.

    Some future topics for you to consider for your next article.
    1. Pakistan growing a pair and showing its generals their place I.e barracks
    2. Remove hatred material towards hindus in school curriculum.
    3. Stop behaving like the prostitute of the region. First with usa now with china. Whoever flashes the cash.
    4.don’t ban a film just because it shows a hindu boy marrying a muslim girl.
    5.Stop worrying abt Modi. Apne andar jhanko pehle.
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  • Rajagopal

    The citizens of India know who is best for them. The last thing we need is a advice from a pakistani.Recommend

  • Rajagopal

    Whether Narendra Modi becomes PM or not, Pakistan has only peripheral impact on Indian politics in the absence of terrorist attacks. It is the Pak army, which will determine any relationship that a BJP government has with Nawaz Sharif. Last, the idea that Narendra Modi will have to change his style of politics to curry favor with Pakistan is laughable; he hasn’t made any major changes to pander to Indian muslims who at least count for some votes; why in God’s name would he eve be bothered about his image in Pakistan? And if Vajpayee could break bread with the architect of Kargil, why are Pakistanis hyperventilating over his alleged role in a purely domestic issue from 2002. Pakistanis cannot even speak for all the original Pakistani muslims, the majority of whom formed a new country in 1971; who are they to speak on behalf of Indian muslims who wanted nothing to do with them right from day one? –> courtesy of Blackjack.Recommend

  • someone

    Well how about retiring the jihadis in your army and giving peace a chance? Remember it was BJP led government which gave olive branch to NS to get back stabbed. Mend your own house before expecting peace from others.Recommend

  • CounterTerrorist

    Now one lady coming from nowhere will give advice to other countries about whom to elect and who not, like seriously, look at your own country, you really think you’re in a situation to advice others on this issue.Recommend

  • Anonymous

    ET…is there no criteria to qualify the editors and writers on your tribune?Recommend

  • Manish Rohera

    the day when mms was talking to nawaz sharif the same day 35 to 40 terrorist entered keran sector kashmir so what’s the point in talking to that country which wants to destroy peace in my country i will vote for modi as i want my country more safe and this is possible if those terrorist get a proper answerRecommend

  • Hmm

    Excellent piece Erum. The great misfortune is that nationalism (an inherently backward, outdated and stupid idea that presumes one nation is better than all others) remains highly popular in India. Expect to have your reasonable voice drowned out by the bigots.Recommend

  • Akash

    Your Point is noted. Thanks!. We don’t need any relations with you guys. You guys are an international migraine and world’s largest exporter or JIHAD.Recommend

  • Kannan

    “Give peace a chance . Don’t vote for Modi” Wow , what Modi as PM will start the war next day? As long as cross border terrorism exist as a policy, such rhetoric by Modi and the like will continue.Recommend

  • Fed Up Indian

    Your country is the one that started all the four wars, including the Kargil Invasion. If you want to give peace a chance tell your military and ISI tin-hats not to attack our Parliament and kill our civilians in Mumbai and start prosecuting your terrorists who call for the elimination of all Hindus and jihad against India.

    Indians will vote for Modi because they want a better future for India which has been recently devastated by dynastic and caste based politics. Modi’s the first person to actually offer the people something of a future and he worked hard from a very poor family background to reach where he is now. He’s worked for over a decade in a state with solid results to show, whereas both Rahul and Sonia Gandhi have done nothing for their respective constituencies (google development in Rae Bareilly and Amethi if you want to know how “great” they are).

    Most Indians don’t care about Pakistan when they go to vote but for their own livelihoods.Recommend

  • CounterView

    “Modi’s recent statement against the two prime ministers meeting only exemplifies what the future, under his regime, may look like for the region.”

    I disagree.

    If history is any indication, any major steps towards peace between India and Pakistan have been taken by hawks. Be it Musharraf, Vajpayee or others. My view is that if there are chances of peace, the probability is higher under a BJP regime rather than a Congress one.

    Furthermore, did you really think that Mr Sharif and Mr. Manmohan Singh would be able to solve anything in NY last week? Mr. Singh is a lame duck prime minister now, with elections in May next year. Negotiations would typically involve give and take. I am not sure Singh is any position to do that.Recommend

  • Californian Desi

    It is for sake of peace for at least Indians who are victim of terrorism stemming from Pakistan that Modi SHOULD become a PM. India does not need another from Gandhi family.Recommend

  • BRUISED INDIAN

    Fact: Modi is a PM probable, not yet PM
    Fact: Tremors (trembling) already being felt – apropos to your blog
    Fact: Modi will bring about much deserved and longed for Peace as the world knows he’s no BS’er. He’s going to match every arrow, spear or rock thrown at India
    Fact: The hens have come home to roost. Your menace, your headache! Your lovey dovey rag tag boys created a migraine for the world; its time the migraine is felt by ‘donation box owners’ and vitriol spewing machines.
    No war monger I am, but care to have a dekho and feel global sentiment; the blackmail has to stop – hence NaMo.Recommend

  • Cosmo

    Give peace a chance- stop ISI and your military from harbouring strategic assets, punish mumbai attackers!Recommend

  • Amina,Kerala

    Dear Author,
    As an Indian, I feel peace with Pakistan is over rated..Even Afghan-India partnership is more valuable to us than Pakistan for at least Afghan provides us with raw minerals whereas Pakistan is of nuisance value..
    An average Indian does not vote with foreign relations in mind..And so if Modi becomes India’s PM we all must earn to live with it..Recommend

  • sundar

    Don’t lecture who we should vote for. We had enough of the Italian mafia ruining the country in every conceivable way. More you guys dislike Modi more we like him. Modi is coming whether you like it or not.Recommend

  • truth teller

    “Welcome to our world – the daily life of a Pakistani revolves around terrorism, too Modi. I could spout conspiratorial rhetoric, claiming India is involved in the conflict in Balochistan and atrocities in Kashmir. However, I will not.”

    Pakistanis have no sense whatsoever. So evident here in this senseless lines of the writer. you will not raise these issues because you don’t have a gram of proof. All nonsensical talk and no proof. Besides, you suufer from terrorism because you created it. Don’t compare it to us suffering terrorism.Recommend

  • truth teller

    “Surely the Indian people are smart enough to view jingoistic statements without the prism of patriotism blocking their view, and will be able to make decisions that will benefit India and will give the prospect of peace in the region a chance as well.

    Nobody wants war.”

    Modi never talked about war. You want to write an entire blog based on your lies?

    Well, what’s the surprise? When one can build an entire country on the base of lies, you are welcome to write a simple blog based on lies.Recommend

  • truth teller

    “Modi, for whatever reasons, seems to have gotten the short end of the stick with regards to a lack of faith from the Indian Muslim community.”

    Bad English. You don’t even know what the idiom ‘to get the short end of a stick’ means. It means, being in an offensive position.

    The sentence should have been: “Modi, for whatever reasons, seems to have gotten the short end of the stick with regards to the Indian Muslim community.”Recommend

  • truth teller

    “Then again, India’s internal affairs are none of our business. In the same way, Pakistan’s internal affairs should be of no concern to India either.”

    You have all the right to write, comment criticize. It is everyone’s business.Recommend

  • truth teller

    “However, pointing fingers and playing the blame-game, that we have been doing for decades now, really cannot continue. The scenario really is simple – if peace is required in this region, India and Pakistan, have to do it themselves.”

    I’m with you 100% and you will see that even Modi will be inclined towards peace talks with Pakistan. And, if my conjecture is correct, then unlike Congress, Modi will be committed to resolving bilateral issues.Recommend

  • truth teller

    “In my opinion, after being targeted repeatedly by Modi, Manmohan Singh succumbed to the pressure and made a statement at the United Nations meeting, warning Pakistan to refrain from becoming the ‘epicentre of terrorism’. As premier of a democratic nation, this statement was made in bad taste.”

    I agree with the second part. Manmohan should not have made that statement especially when Nawaz was so committed to talks. However, it is not due to Modi. It is due to the collective pressure from the Indians.Recommend

  • truth teller

    “It is unfortunate that Manmohan Singh’s regime is now coming to an end, as I believe that his determination with respect to maintaining peace with Pakistan is still more honest than what seems to be coming next.”

    Here’s where it shows you utter lack of understanding of India. Congress was, is and never will be committed to resolvinmg bilateral issues, because they carry a narrative. They carry a narrative of bending over backwards to appease Indian Muslims.

    BJP is a free party. It has no such baggages.Recommend

  • Master

    So much rubb-ish from this Pak Girl that don’t know where to begin. But don’t worry NaMo will be PM no matter what & his n-ame as schoolboy was ND (Narendra Damodardas)Recommend

  • jssidhoo

    As far as India is concerned bringing Modi is to throw corruption and inaction out and bring growth in . As far as talking to Pakistan is concerned we have to talk to whoever is in power (which is your prerogative ). Look back into history it was a BJP Prime Minister who made a bus trip to Lahore . The best chance for peace with Pakistan will be under Modi as PM , he talks tough and will drive a hard bargain (as should your PM ) but bargain he will . He will be in control and understands the concept of ‘peace dividend’ . Gujarat had a history of communal riots almost every year prior to 2002 after which for 11yrs there has been no communal riot , peace and good governance has resulted in Gujarat being one of the fastest growing states in the country , we want the same for the rest of India . Do you that one of the babus in Gujarat complained “Na khata hai na hum ko khane deta hai “. The Congress with the central intelligence agencies under their command would love to put a corruption charge against Modi but have not been able to do so and it is not because they have not tried . Can you imagine a having a politician in the sub-continent who is not corrupt ? I hope you see why we want Modi ,it is not out of a feeling of being anti Pakistan it is just being pro India.Recommend

  • Critical

    Hahaha!!!!
    You are saying when you have just elected a PM who smiled and waved hands with A.B.Vajpayee when he came to Lahore on bus,while secretly sending soldiers dressed as jihadis over Kargil sector…..

    and now around 40 men have crossed the border to re-enact the Kargil situation again…….

    Talk about Pot calling kettle Black!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Hasan

    >don’t vote for Modi
    Why not? People voted for PMLN of Gojra, Shanti Nagar, Badami Bagh fame? Its OK in Pakistan but not in India?Recommend

  • MilesToGo

    So you are concerned Indian might do a KArgil under Modi’s leadership.Recommend

  • Ravi

    Hahha….
    A person who has blood of 80,000 hindus (read direct action day) on his hands is hailed and cherished as Father Of The Nation of pakistan while this poor guy who is yet to get convicted in any act of riot by Honorable Supreme Court of India is bad guy because the author thinks so.
    I always thought what could be the best example for hypocrisy.
    ET if you believe in rationalism let my comment pass and be read by the writer.Recommend

  • Amar

    Lady cannot differentiate between political speeches targeted for domestic consumption and foreign policy. Please remember that it was the Vajpayee from the right-wing that initiated the peace process back in late 90’s.Recommend

  • Prakash

    I am not going to vote for Modi but I have different reason.It is not individual like Modi but Indian Public sentiments are hurt.Author should understand that Indian peace initiative have always been responded by Pakistan with events like Kargil Operation and Mumbai terrorist attack etc, in such circumstance the onus is on Pakistan side to convince the Indian public about its sincerity by strong lease on its army & state or non state actors so that it does not do another Kargil and Mumbai.Recommend

  • Father

    a. BJP gave a chance to Nawaz to sit and discussion on issue, congress did not give any chance so far to pakistan.

    b. Pakistan plays nasty game with india only because of weak congress govt.

    c. Moreover indian/indian voter’s know better , understand better to whom they support and there is no relationship with pakistani typical muslims.

    d. India’s next PM is Modi no doubt about that and no force can’t stop that, it may be not good for pakistan as per pakistani point of view but Modi will be good for pakistan for sure.

    e. well first of all pakistanis don’t have any right to vote or not to vote Modi.

    f. whoever rull india congress or BJP does not matter for pakistan since pakistan always play anti india slogan.

    g. Nawaz sharif’s intention is not good to india, he don’t want peace at all because after he elected infiltration has increased, ceasefire violated so on.
    h. Finally don’t live with wrong knowledge/ assumptions, if you are really interested to know about Modi then do follow India’s supreme court verdict. moreover don’t try to fool peoples and don’t make nonsense comments. your comment advertisement does not goes to reflect/effect to anyone rather your image/impression will be underestimated.Recommend

  • sh123

    Keep dreaming. As an indian I don’t want any relations with pakistan neither good nor bad.Just stay away from india.

    You and your country don’t know what India’s problems are.Recommend

  • sh123

    As an indian I don’t trust pakistan and neither do any hindus. For own security india needs to ban visas to pakistanis and this govt is not doing that.

    I hope india elects modi so that he breaks all relations with pakistan.Recommend

  • sh123

    Keep dreaming.Recommend

  • sh123

    Sitting in london and giving advice is laughable. This shows you hate your won country and left.Recommend

  • bingo

    Dear fellow Indian citizens, if you want to give a chance at bright future to your kids and grand kids, please vote for Modi and boot out the corrupt, sikular Congress.

    — an Indian citizen affected deeply by the rampant corruptionRecommend

  • Zeta

    Is that your argument? Pretty Poor. She has said what most of Pakistanis and sane indians feel.Recommend

  • Zeta

    Then get off this website. Go troll somewhere along with your modi fansRecommend

  • Zeta

    Stop your support to right wing hindutva terrorists first before lecturing us.Recommend

  • KUMAR

    I am not sure what the lady is trying to project. She seems utterly confused when she says the BS about meddling in internal affairs and then goes on to sermonize about who should India vote for. Common, we are not taught in our curriculum to hate a particular group or religion, we know who to vote for. You can spend your wisdom in fighting institutional discrimination (Ahamedis ) in your promised land, KARO KARI, blood money (legalizing murder?) etc and I would advise the same to our experts from India. Any ways comparing the trajectories of two countries is enough to give us in Idea of who is on the right track. Don’t you think so? I hope for the best of every citizen in your country. No one deserves to die in a suicide bomb attack or targeted killing or even be driven to desperation. tcRecommend

  • ISkiMKaa

    This is Like a Men with Pistol in hand is giving advice to a man not to kill anyone..Recommend

  • sh123

    If indian muslims don’t like modi . They can migrate to pakistan.Recommend

  • Sane

    Parliament attack (Delhi) and Bombay attacks were planned and executed by Indian govt. Do not label these on Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sane

    We have all rights to register our objection for any thing which may harm to peace off the region.Recommend

  • Sane

    You Indians, plan and do attacks on your assets and cities and blame other for that. Lies must not be told any more as now whole world knowsRecommend

  • Faulitics

    A Pakistani implicitly asking the Indian people to elect a spineless and currupt party like congress by attacking their opponents is not a surprise. The idea is a spineless bunch like the congress won’t payback Pakistan for conducting attacks like the one on Mumbai through “non-state” actors. So ask your enemy to elect spineless leaders so you can attack them more without consequences. Nice play. Recommend

  • Sane

    If you are really a Muslim, then please plan from now to ‘Earn Living’ with Modi.Recommend

  • Sane

    Modi not to be PM. Please note this.Recommend

  • Sane

    You seem quite illiterate by showing your mentality in above comment. India is full of Hindu Extremists lead now by Modi. Earlier there was Bal Thakeray. This extremism shall die its own death very soon when India shall be divided into pieces as there are around 67 separatists movement in India. The reason is your extreme Hindu doctrine.Recommend

  • Californian Desi

    I want to start again with an apology that “Sorry sis, you have some wrong notion about peace in sub-continent”. Would you like any leader of Pakistan go soft on any country sponsoring terrorism in your soil. The way innocents are dying in Pakistan would you really want to give terrorists or any government supporting those terrorists a chance under name of “peace” ?
    Peace happens not just by “Good will” gestures but by your approach and sincerity you reflect in what actions you take to create atmosphere for peace.
    For most of Pakistanis ( please mind that I am being lenient here and not calling all Pakistanis) the peace with India somehow always means India should not react at all even when there is abundance of proof of terrorists being supported not just morally, but financially, and militarily too ( yes training schools for Talibans were run by Pak army and this is fact not myth). The most recent is Mumbai carnage and many other attacks after that.
    Pakistan has nothing to worry about who becomes PM of India. Till date none of the Indian PM is involved in engaging India with pre-emptively attacking Pakistan unlike Pakistan which has done that in all the wars so far.
    Pakistanis cant demand peace while actively harboring world renowned terrorists can it ?
    My vote is for Modi, not because I hate Pakistan, I really do not hate you guys at all. Irritated yes, quite a lot due to your insolence and apathy towards life of any one non-muslim.Recommend

  • anusha

    i want to see Modi as prime minister of India,,,,not this italian-gandhi scion,,,,,,!!!!!!Recommend

  • Nandita.

    What must be realised, is that Pakistan is not Gujarat, Ahmedabad or Babri Masjid- and if push comes to shove, it will do what it has to do to protect itself as well from any threat

    I dislike the way you’ve put things across. India is not the one to have initiated wars against Pakistan and I doubt it ever will. Erum, Indians are also not the ahmedis,shias, christians and Hindus of Pakistan against whom innumerable atrocities can be carried out. There was Mumbai and a kargil ( in the recent past )and if Pakistan tries other stunts India will also also do whatever it takes to protect itself from the real threat that Pakistan is. Let Pakistan not try our patience which is already wearing thin as it is. And this coming from a person like me ( who wants peace, is not anti – Pakistan and is completely anti Modi. )

    Unfortunately, Pakistan has seen a high rise in terrorist activity within the country which, in my opinion, is a result of the imbalance in the geopolitical scenario within the entire continent.
    The instability in Pakistan has nothing to with the ‘imbalance in the geopolitical scenario’ anywhere – the problem lies within Pakistan. It’s time for some introspection.Recommend

  • Nandita.

    Also : The statement India is involved in Balochistan is another proof of the conspiracy theories that grip your nation and its citizens. Give us some unrefutable proof. of India’s involvement. The key word here is unrefutable.Recommend

  • Surya

    Then, stop lecturing us on how to vote since this is India’s internal affairs. If there is no India related article, no one would care to comment here.Recommend

  • http://www.captainjohann.blogspot.com/ captainjohann samuhanand

    Your title ” Give peace a chance dont vote for Modi” says it all.While Indians who will decide who will rule us during 2014 but your insinuation Modi is not for peace and so Indians must not vote for him gives your prejudice. You causally dismiss Kargil and Mumbai attacks and the response of Indian leadership to them might have looked “peceful for them” but not for Indians.Also Indians want change due to economic mismanagement and corruption as your country voted outed Zardari..To me is what you fear is the response India will give to cross border terrorism by socalled “non State actors” under Modi.Recommend

  • Naveen

    Another reason why the intellectual elite of South Asia should seriously reconsider the option of a loose Confederation. Everybody should get a vote to elect a common South Asian Head of State for the matters of Defence; sharing of international river waters; upholding basic human rights of all religions, ethnicities & sects and other issues of common & overlapping concern to South Asians. For all other matters, we can continue to have fully Independent governments in India and Pakistan. Enlightened people should ask why is there such a lack of vision & pettiness in the leadership of this region?Recommend

  • vijay

    Were you the investigation officer in that case? You are commenting on all the comments you don’t have any other workRecommend

  • observer

    Since it is Open Season on free advice, let me give some of my own.

    Give Pakistanis a chance,
    A. Discard the Objectives Resolution
    B. Undo the 2nd Amendment
    C. Repeal the Blasphemy Laws
    D. Ban the DPC
    E. Amend Articles 41(2), 62 and 91(3) of Pakistani Constitution
    F. Pass the Domestic Violence Bill

    You can choose as many as you want.Recommend

  • Komal S

    Sane now you are becoming ‘Insane’Recommend

  • tintin

    The region may see a change if modi is elected in a decisive way. He is likely to set up a team of people of new ideas and change the focus of governance. Domestic delivery will be his priority, so obviously he would not want to be distracted by issues of indo pak relations unless the jehadists stage something like 26/11again. However, if some indian govt can give a decisive progress in indo pak relations, then this can be that of modi or someone else of his position. The arguments in this article are based on opinions in indian english media which are too pro-gandhi family and far from ground realities.Recommend

  • Naveen

    What about Indian Hindus who don’t like Modi?Recommend

  • Vishwas Gokhale

    You probably do not know. Modi stands for united India. In united India everybody included Pakistani and Bangala Deshi. He has to talk to Pakistan and Bangla Desh. and unless people in this sub continebt are convinced this will not happen. For division of this country muslims from pakistan were responsible.For loosing Bagala Desh west pakistan is responsible. I forsee both Punjab and sindh will separate from Pakistan and may join India.Recommend

  • sh123

    Keep dreamingRecommend

  • sh123

    Vote aap.Recommend

  • Anand Kumar

    Hello, you are from Pakistan, which is the most dangerous to place live in and which is the epicentre of terrorism in the world. Your country’s Jihadis are waging a proxy war with India and killing innocent Indians. Instead of asking Indians not to vote for Modi, you just ask your country’s politicians not to interfere in India’s internal affairs and stop exporting jihadi terrorism. As regards, Pak being a victim of terrorism which you people always say in all forums, it is happening just because of your own policies. Indian has nothing to do with it, and if you have any proof, why don’t you come up with that? For your information, majority of Indians willl vote for Modi in 2014, because we want a change.Recommend

  • Nb

    Can you provide news about a single hindutva group that has carried out terrorist attacks in a neighbouring country & any ashram where religious students are trained to be militants & in bomb making by swamis ?Recommend

  • zeta

    Not really, who you hindutvas vote is ultimately going to have its effect all over the region.Recommend

  • anil kumar

    This lady is very much confused . On one hand she writes “Then again, India’s internal affairs are none of our business. In the
    same way, Pakistan’s internal affairs should be of no concern to India
    either” , on the other hand she advocates us . Rememeber lady , neither we do rank among failure nations nor we kill innocent christians for no reason . This is a common habit among most pakistanis to say “Pak is also a victim of terror” , when they are asked to check terror emnating from pakistani soil towards other countries .What kind of excuse it is ? We don’t bother for your people , we bother for ours . The day we start reciprocating your actions , you won’t find land under your foot . we know pakistan is not Gujurat or Amdabad ,Similarly you should know India is not pakistan where a massmurderer is regarded as national father and Islamic Talibans roam freely . You should also know that we care too little about England . So stop your advise for us , better give it to your own people.Recommend

  • sh123

    Really all over the region? Hahaha . …. can hindus in india vote in pakistan.Recommend

  • Sane

    Reality bites!Recommend

  • Naveen

    Thats a local delhi party not worth discussing.

    Anyway my question was rhetorical. Nobody can pass judgements on a person’s patriotism based on voting choice, particularly not the non-residents.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ehsan Elahi

    Murderer of Thousands of innocent Muslims. He is the PM Candidate from BJP.Recommend

  • Vishnu Dutta

    Ask anyone in the entire world where the terrorists come from or where do they get their training and you would know the reality.
    I dont think you read books or have access to any news. Do you care to tell who did kargil, 71, mumbai, parliament etc. And who elected a man who wants to negotiate and strengthen talibans?Recommend

  • Anooop

    The problem here is Pakistan is not willing to even acknowledge that it is the problem out of which Terror is emanating.

    You talk of Balochistan and Kashmir as if you are giving concessions. India is asking Pakistan to stay out of Kashmir.

    If Pakistan can ignore Chinese crackdown on Uighur Militants, so can it on India’s action(real and imaginary) in Kashmir. If Pakistan can deny its butchering of Bengalis, so can India of Kashmiris.

    Bottom line is no country, not even Pakistan, will tolerate Terrorists coming from another land and killing its own citizens. Then how can you expect an established, stable nation to do that?Recommend

  • AM

    Dont vote for modi bcoz he is not good for indo-pak relation, what do you expect that any citizen would even think of issue such as good relation with other country rather than issue of corruption and day to day problem.
    I think i dont know about others but for me congress is bigger problem for the country at present. no citizen by any mean wants a good relation with neighbour at the cost of suffering of its own country and its people. i seriously dont understand what this article want to convey its like saying foreign relation is suppose to be main issue for election.Recommend

  • Anooop

    Lets agree that India is full of Hindu extremists, but yet India is not on the boil.

    Having a nation full of Hindu extremists is better than what Pakistan is full of..Recommend

  • Indian Muslim

    Its amazing how we are getting an advice from pakistan on who to vote where as India is the only nation in the subcontinent where democracy has flourished without and break. If anthing then pakistan shold be getting advices from india which is worlds largest democracyRecommend

  • Munawar Ali Shah

    So you are saying Modhi is a hypocrite and a liar? All the more reason not to vote for him.Recommend