Ask any Arab. They will tell you the entire Indian subcontinent is Hindu land. The Arabs will point out that Islam came to India from outside.
Pakistan was created illegally by British colonialists on land forcibly taken from India.
Since there’s no longer any UN-supervised ceasefire line in Kashmir, the question of a ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) does not arise.
India can push the Loc further north until Pakistan is driven out from Kashmir.
Calling off foreign visits, not inviting foreign leaders, recalling envoys and downgrading diplomatic ties are effective moves.
It’s about speaking softly and carrying a big stick.
Having said that, is there such a thing as bad publicity?
There’s a theory that all publicity is good.
Mahathir made an unfriendly statement on India probably to get noticed.
Likewise, he has refused to extradite hate preacher Zakir Naik to India.
Mahathir is just farting in the wind. The world will ignore him or not notice. His statements are no solutions. They are just syiok sendiri.
The definition of insanity comes from repeating the same mistakes and hoping that things, this time, would somehow be different and better.
Mahathir is insane.
Mahathir’s politics is based on pure bullshit to woo Malay votes and fill his pockets.
Waytha Moorthy is another insane Minister in the Malaysian Cabinet.
Mahathir is a Malayalee from Kerala, Waytha Moorthy a Tamil from Kelantan, Malaya.
There’s no issue in conflict in Kashmir. So, it’s not disputed territory.
Kashmir, and 500 other princely states, joined the Indian Union (the former British India) by Instruments of Accession.
Pakistan has no historical and legal title to Kashmir.
Pakistan was created illegally by British colonialists on land forcibly taken from India.
Baluchistan joined India by Instrument of Accession. Pakistan forcibly seized it and killed local leaders.
Sindh did not want to join Pakistan.
NWFP, Imran Khan’s state, wanted to join India, and failing that, be with Afghanistan.
Kashmir has nothing to do with Mahathir. He should not have said that India “invaded and occupied” Kashmir.
Kashmir is in India.
Even Imran Khan and Pakistan never said that India “invaded and occupied” Kashmir.
India and Pakistan set aside the non-binding UN Resolution on Kashmir under the Simla Accord in 1972. The UN-supervised ceasefire line ceased to exist and the line of control (LoC) was recognised.
This was followed two years later by the Lahore Agreement.
Both Agreements provide for the bilateral resolution of all issues by peaceful means. There’s no role for third party mediation.
Mahathir should explain Malaya “invading and occupying” Sabah and Sarawak on 16 Sept 1963. The Federal gov’t failed to comply with MA63. So, Malaysia (formerly Malaya) “invaded and occupied” Sabah and Sarawak.
It’s better for Malaysia not to be noticed by India.
If America’s breath is poisonous, India’s can be even more poisonous. America’s embrace has proven deadly for every country.
America needs an endless supply of enemies.
Malaysia is too small to be India’s enemy.
Malaysia’s “advantage” is that the country is too small to be noticed by India.
Most people in India don’t know Malaysia. They only know about Singapore, Malacca and Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Outside Tamil Nadu in southeast India, most Indians probably have never heard of Malaysia.
People in India only think of India. Americans are in a similar situation because of their huge domestic economy.
There’s no official Indian ban on imports of palm oil from Malaysia.
India won’t get into the sort of difficulties that China has with the world. Beijing speaks loudly and carries a small stick because the communist gov’t has no legitimacy in international law.
India’s foreign policy, no matter who comes and goes in New Delhi, is about speaking softly and carrying a big stick.
For starters, Indians can avoid visiting Malaysia. About 600, people from India visited Malaysia last year. This was projected to grow to one million in the near future.
India can cultivate oil palm trees in Kerala, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
New Delhi should discourage Indians from working in Malaysia where they are being virtually scammed.
Having said that, New Delhi can impose tariffs on imports from Malaysia. The Indian consumer can take the hit.
If Malaysia retaliates, consumers in this country will be hit hard.
More than 80 per cent of India’s trade is internal. Anything produced in India can be sold within the country. India only exports to facilitate some limited imports.
It’s the importers in India who have reduced imports of palm oil from Malaysia on their own accord given the uncertainties in the market.
Besides, refiners in India are pushing New Delhi to reduce refined palm oil imports. They want raw edible oil which is cheaper.
Eventually, the Malaysian market for refined palm oil in India will probably die a natural death in the near future, despite New Delhi not taking an official position on the matter.
It will be a disaster if we lose the Indian market not only for palm oil but other items as well.
Again, unlike China, India has a huge domestic market. China’s economy is not based on domestic consumption. India is a country which can do a US on other countries including on the US.
As Trump said, “India is the King of Tariffs”.
When Chinese troops intruded recently into Bhutan’s Doklam Plateau, New Delhi gave notice that China’s annual US$70b trade with India was at risk. It also imposed tariffs and placed restrictions on Chinese expatriates in India.
India probably won’t stop exporting to Malaysia. However, it can also afford to stop these exports. For example, India cannot afford to continue to export its onions which are world famous. The demand in India itself is great. Sometimes, from time to time, New Delhi does temporarily ban onion exports.
If New Delhi stops buffalo meat exports, Muslims in India and Malaysia will be hit hard. The exporters are Muslims. Hindus are against the slaughter of buffalo and cows.
Buffalo meat is a much cheaper option in Malaysia especially for Muslims.
We can’t afford to get involved in Pakistan’s longrunning “Hate India” campaign.
Malaysia’s foreign policy is a disaster. Sucking up to other countries is not a viable foreign policy option.
Foreign policy is one of the four portfolios that matter to Sabah and Sarawak. The other three portfolios are defence, internal security and Malaysian common market.
Sabah and Sarawak should get either the Foreign Ministry or the Deputy Foreign Ministry and make their voice heard.
Sabah and Sarawak should send a joint delegation to India to meet with refineries dealing with raw palm oil and importers of refined palm oil.
They can also meet with timber traders and onion exporters.
The delegation can’t meet with Modi since the Federal gov’t handles foreign affairs. If Modi invites them, they can pay a courtesy call on him and bring the Indian Prime Minister up to speed on MA63.
Pakistan . . .
There are lessons in Pakistan for Malaya and Mahathir.
If Pakistan goes to war with India, the former’s economy will collapse in less than two weeks.
India’s economy can withstand a war with Pakistan.
China will not help Pakistan in case the latter goes to war with India.
Pakistan has not had a standing professional army for a long time.
The army and intelligence services in Pakistan are busy plundering the public treasury under the guise of the long running “Hate India” campaign and running various businesses.
The military and intelligence elite in Pakistan hope the “Hate India” campaign will keep the country preoccupied and united and at the same time distract the people from the plundering that’s going on.
The grinding poverty of Pakistan is the result of corruption which sees the transfer of wealth from people who have no power to people who have power.
Pakistan is unsustainable. It tried Arabisation and failed.
The 3rd Caliph created Islam as a form of identity for Arabs. He codified sacred Christian texts in Aramaic and other sources to produce the first Quran. Islam is about eternal war on non-believers. A belief system is something planted in one’s head through constant repetition and brainwashing to the point of being possessed by the demons of mental illness.
West Baluchistan is in Iran.
East Baluchistan joined India by the Instrument of Accession but Pakistan seized it, Sindh did not want to join Pakistan, the NWFP wanted to join India, and failing that, it wanted to be with Afghanistan.
Everybody in Pakistan hates the west Punjabis.
If Pakistan exercises the nuclear option, it will be the end of the country, and of course there would be no public treasury to plunder.
If India’s Blue Water Navy blockades Karachi, Pakistan will collapse and implode.
India only has to pace Pakistan and China in military capability. That would conserve resources to focus on economic development.
India must focus on the high points along the border with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, China, Yunnan and Myanmar as one that can be defended.
The winter is India’s ally.
The Indus must also become, at some future date, India’s defensible border with Pakistan.
The Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal also protects India.
India’s Blue Water Navy controls the Straits of Malacca, the trade chokepoint to the South China Sea.
That’s why China roped in Pakistan to join the BRI. The BRI may benefit Pakistan as well but it cannot afford to repay China. Beijing knows that.
In fact, no country involved in the BRI can afford to repay Beijing even if they benefit from the infrastructure.
Beijing embarked on the BRI because it failed to turn around the Chinese economy to focus on domestic consumption.
When the BRI fails, China will be back to square one.
India, Japan and like-minded countries should help the victims of China’s debt diplomacy.