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…