Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Imagination is a beautiful gift. And since imagining comes free of cost, I’m imagining this …. Imagine if India and Pakistan were one.

The varied cultures, the rich heritage, the beauty & uniqueness of both nations, would have been amalgamated. I’m assuming that since the two countries and the predominant religions would be under a single command, people would live in peaceful accord, thus giving no room for political gimmicks to appease a certain community. There would be no incitement, no hatred, no “minority”. All would be equal. India is a beautiful country, and a lifetime may not suffice to imbibe all of it. I’m sure Pakistan is a wonderful country too. The people are courteous and the women, inspiringly beautiful. A few wayward elements do not make the entire nation, and although both nations have their own terrorism & internal political problems, that is NOT what these nations are. They have a great many common virtues. They have great many common fallacies. They have a lot to learn from each other, and they have a lot to teach. Tolerance and love is common in both, and a unification would probably do a world of good.

The Cricket team would be a wonder too. I can be forgiven for bringing mundane issues here, but the ongoing Cricket series inspires me on this. Imagine a team with Rahul Dravid, Inzamam ul Haq, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohd. Yusuf, Harbhajan Singh, M.S. Dhoni … What a formidable team that would be! And what a pleasure to watch!!

Life is also like Cricket. You win some, you lose some. You learn to be sportive, and you learn humility, the oh-so-precious virtue. You learn that a few hard knocks can’t bring you down, because there will be another challenge, another tomorrow. And you learn how to survive handsomely against all odds.

But would such a massive nation be governable? Would the internal peace, system and infrastructure break down? That is a question which eagerly awaits its own answer. But above all, the million dollar question is, can this imagination ever materialize? Questions unanswered, and hope remains…


  1. ....and they have the ruins of one of the oldest civilizations in the world..which wld naturally be a top priority on my to-do list!.
    not much of a political person...nor crickety...so wont be able to comment on that.

  2. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

  3. that would be very nice but imagine, what would the country be called? if its india, wont those living in pakistan who have been identitfied as pakistanis feel that their identity is lost? or vice versa. or if the name is something new, we both lose our sense of identity