Like everyone else, Brothers AAA are also grieved by the quake, and we wish all the survivors well, and those who didn’t survive, well…
But for a while after the quake it seemed that there would be something good coming out of the whole thing, some silver lining equivalent to an earthquake. What do I mean?
Well consider this message (available here: http://www.mea.gov.in/) by Prime Minister Singh to General Musharraf:
We have been distressed to learn of the extensive loss of life and property that has taken place in Pakistan as a result of the severe earthquake which struck this morning.
Now the epicenter of the quake is Muzaffarabad, which is in the part of the former princely state that is administered (occupied) by Pakistan, and India as far as I know have not relinquished claim over this territory. Indeed, as far as I know, Pakistan doesn’t claim sovereignty over this territory either—hence the fiction of Azad Kashmir. So, by officially grieving the loss of life and property in Pakistan, is Dr Singh indicating some fundamental change?
To put it in perspective, suppose a natural disaster flattened Jericho. Not even from the friendliest capital would anyone send a message to the Israeli Prime Minister.
Of course if everyone agreed to turn the Line of Control to the international boundary then it would be for the better, I guess, except maybe the Bollywood types who would get confused over turkeys like LOC and Border...
But unfortunately General Musharraf seems not to have expressed his distress about the plight of Indian victims. Actually neither it seems has anyone else of import.