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Monday, November 17, 2008

india & pak - where are they headed?

in an extension to my last post, i was wondering yesterday evening, even when the educated masses want peace between india and pakistan, and uneducated masses want their respective bread, what exactly is making friction last?

why can't money dissolve the issues here? india and states were not on very friendly terms while india-pak war of '71. but now the power of money [read outsourcing] is such that even the new president elect has back-tracked on his manifesto.

then why can't money heal the india-pak difference. it can. but the point is some forces might be against it.

i have not researched in depth at all. just picked up some tokens of information from webpages of india and pakistan on cia's website. and my observation goes:-

one of the top import products for india is chemicals which is one of the top export products for pakistan. one of the top export products for India is petroleum products which is one of the top import products for pakistan. but none figure in the top importer or exporter list of either.

let alone these, there is a huge traditional trade potential, for example bollywood and tv [saas bahu sops], tourism in northern india & pakistan and industries which i can't imagine or fathom. and market potential/risks run in bilions of rupees [probably dollars]

so why would those who are currently exporting worth billions of dollars to india and pak want them to choose each other as trade partners [which probably would be cheaper because of proximity in terms of distance and culture, hence costs]? and then there are industries as big as arms and ammunition which are at risk losing a huge market in case of peace between the two countries.



Anonymous Lovagal said...

Hello handsome... you do have an intellectual side too. Nice to see a post apart from the usual topics.

11/17/2008 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger Still thinking said...

A very pertinent point indeed! Your last para made a lot of sense.

I agree with lovagal aka Burf :D

11/18/2008 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous burf said...

miss thinker - hmm

1. agree with which part of that comment?
2. do you know lovagal?
3. what do you mean by aka?
4. what is that grin about?

>:P >:P

11/18/2008 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger Still thinking said...

All these questions just coz I agreed with lovagal?

Tell me what does aka means to you and then I'll elucidate?

11/18/2008 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous burf said...

miss thinker - according to me

aka = also known as

[btw, were you able to decode the emoticons?]

11/18/2008 04:46:00 PM  
Blogger austere said...

There has to be a give and take, or we'll be back in the trenches. I can't figure what we'd import from Pakistan- but then, I don't know.

Nothing succeeds quite like fayda.

11/18/2008 05:01:00 PM  
Blogger Still thinking said...

No, enlighten me! What do those emoticons mean?

11/18/2008 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous burf said...

austere - we are already importing and probably even you are buying some. the pakistani bands?

miss thinker - ummm, how do i explain what they mean... ummm, decode them through yahoo??? but why didn't you elucidate?

11/18/2008 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger Still thinking said...

Emoticons deciphered.
You're asking me what and then hanging your tongue in anticipation! :)

As for elucidating, I find lovagal saying only good and lovely things about you and I was wondering? Is she for real? :)

11/18/2008 07:49:00 PM  
Anonymous burf said...

you can't decode emoticons until and unless helped with but you seem to pretty well decipher that they are hanging their tongue in anticipation :D :D :D

i guess you haven't been plagued by anonymous spammers. although i am against comments only by signed-in users setting but i still do not appreciate totally handle-less comments.

11/18/2008 11:01:00 PM  
Anonymous lovagal said...

and what do we have here.. someone discussing me?

I am for real.. just messing with Burfe's head that's all. He's a sweetheart despite his continued ignorance towards me :(

11/18/2008 11:46:00 PM  
Blogger Still thinking said...

Lovagal, Burf sure does ignore you, I can see that he never replies to your!

Handle-less comments??? Now what's that?!

11/18/2008 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger Bubbly Vodka said...

Economist Burf.

11/19/2008 05:31:00 AM  
Anonymous burf said...

miss thinker -
handle = "A pointer to a pointer to dynamically-allocated memory"

bubbly - :D not really, it just hit me...

11/19/2008 09:34:00 AM  

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