Hus ke liye hai Pakistan, ladh ke lenge Hindustan
(We achieved Pakistan laughing; we will take India fighting)
– Pakistani Soldiers, sometime in the early 1960s around the time of the 1965 Indo-Pak war (cited in Ramachandra Guha’s India After Gandhi P.401)
Fast forward 44 years
Pakistan is on the verge of collapse as a failed state with the Shariat Law imposed by TalibanÂ whackos in the Swat region, suffered multiple coups and long periods of military dictatorships, is propped up by American aid and democracy has been a major casualty.
India is still for the most part at least nominally a secular democracy, suffered a short period of dictatorship (1975-77), the country is seeing 8% growth rates, a few hundred thousand coolies write software for the mega corporations and another hundred thousand or so respond to phone calls from around the world, Bollywood’s sway spans several continents, people still starve to death,Â dinosaur politicians have terrorist friends and Indian dads may have found a new hobby.