Hina Rabbani Khar impressive


Pakistan’s elegant young 34-year-old Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar spoke impressively, sounded great, displayed poise and panache at the Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers talks. Very impressive.

Now if only Pakistan can put its money where Mz Khar’s mouth is, else there’ll be absolutely no takeaway from these talks. But she’s an amazing statement for the women of Pakistan.

BTW, I am as angry as any other self-respecting Indian at the Pakistani government’s proven support and incitement of terrorism against India, but couldn’t fail to notice how, while shaking hands for the media, Khar was the more outreaching, while Krishna seemed to be a bit reserved 🙂

Just hope her government also reaches out with the same spirit. Not imposssible; miracles do happen, and must be hoped for. Of course we need to view the meeting and statements in perspective and not get blown over by the utterances. Though it does seem like Pakistan is in aggressive mode for peace.

Let’s see if Mz Khar really means what she said, to the effect, about joint priorities on counter-terrorism, and the Pakistani government delivers the masterminds and mentors of attacks like those in Nov 2008 — like Hafiz Sayed and others — to India. I hope the increased aid-linked and other US pressure on Pakistan and its army will have a positive effect on the subcontinent.

But first, let’s see what the joint statement says.

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    It should be possible to build beyond Confidential Building Measures (CBM) because she seems to be such a terrific lady. For example, one of the most precious universal gifts that Pakistan and India share is Classical Music. Countless compositions, Methodology and style of playing music and singing music have disappeared in the hostility between our countries. To keep this oral tradition alive, we must make music teaching and playing as free of bureaucracy as possible. If we don’t let the flowers of sound grow and flourish in both Pakistan and India, what we face is a musical desert. Remember, once our common tradition disappears, it will be impossible to bring it back because the musical culture in south Asia is common to only Pakistan and India.

    It is unbelievable that just within our borders in Kutch, Punjab and so on… there are pockets of musicians who are simply separated by a historical event from their families and traditions and have not seen them since Partition. They stoically carry on some of the rarest traditions of music and folk art with very little support from anywhere.

    Supporting cross border exchanges among ordinary people and not simply stars would make great ambassadors for peace, understanding, fellowship and acceptance of each nation.

    • Your suggestion of a non-stars-driven exchange of pure, genuine grassroots-type artists is great and will further cement what I believe is already in place: the love that the common people, the aam janta of each country has for its counterparts in the other country. The divides are all engineered by the politicians, and it is up to the people to see through the politicians’ ‘business’ needs and choose peace over engineered strife. Your idea is indeed great and one that is driven by a very basic urge we share: a passion for music thaty springs from common roots.

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