Deconstructing the obvious sensitivities

A well-composed editorial in the Daily Times

It’s a good one, and reflects much of the opinions expressed on The Acorn in the days since the quake. It asksCan India and Pakistan forget the past?

The phrase “obvious sensitivities” should be deconstructed. It can mean that the people of Kashmir on the Pakistani side may feel outraged that the same troops who kill their fellow-Kashmiris on the other side of the LoC should be rescuing their families. But this scenario looks more dramatic than it actually is. As it is, their families are being pulled out of the fallen debris by foreign crew and being operated upon by foreign doctors. In this moment of calamity it is no longer human to intrude one’s political reflexes of demonisation; what has happened has defeated all indoctrination and it no longer pays to ignore the pain of the stricken population simply to save a bit of Pakistani textbook nationalism from being destroyed by reality. [DT]

2 thoughts on “Deconstructing the obvious sensitivities”

  1. Bravo Daily Times! I wonder if Mush and his bunch hear the sustained cries for sanity. They will have proven themselves to be very small men if they don’t conquer their “obvious sensitivies”. History will judge them very harshly if they don’t make severe course-corrections very soon.

    The guy I buy my meat from is originally from Muzaffarabad. He had over 300 relatives in the area before the quake. Last he checked, he could account for only about 200 alive. He lost 2 brothers and 5 nephews. The last thing on his mind is the nationality or the religion of rescue and rehabilitation crews.

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