Don't get too Saarcy
Thimphu could well be the next Oslo, do pop around if you have a problem to solve.india Updated: Feb 06, 2011 22:10 IST
Break out the champagne, Pakistan is going to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) with an open mind. This openness includes no compromise on the Kashmir issue, and a friendly little jihad courtesy the Jamaat-ud-Dawa to liberate Kashmir. Let's hope the Indians recognise a good thing when they see it. In fact, it would be good idea to avoid all discussions of thorny issues at the Saarc meet. Why should anyone spoil the pristine environs of Thimphu with such snarky comments as what the hell is happening in Nepal which has got itself a prime minister after the 900th attempt. Or for that matter the rest and recreation being provided to the Sri Lankan Tamils in moveable tents.
We certainly don't want anyone asking our advice on how to become a millionaire overnight through judicious policy fixing. And let's not hurt the feelings of our Maldivian brothers by asking where they will relocate when their island sinks gently into the ocean. The Pakistanis may like to prolong the 'guess who is running our country?' game for a bit longer at least until their president's matrimonial inclinations are made clear.
So, some of you may ask, why have a Saarc meet at all? Thimphu is clearly the new Oslo; so it is incumbent upon fellow Saarc members to display how it is possible for people with differing views to get together and shoot the breeze. After all, the Norwegians have been providing problems to every solution for years and making a pretty good living out of it. So, the strategic objective of Saarc should be to showcase Thimphu as a destination where you can come after packing all your troubles in an old kit bag. If there are any other contenders for the post of problem provider to the world, please let us know before the next Saarc summit.