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Vindication of Growth with Redistribution

question is: are they willing or able to set in motion forces which will actually fight prejudice and fear. A lot in Indo-Pak relations is going to depend upon that. We have so far little evidence that either government is willing or able to do that. It is not easy to live down fifty years of history. But that is precisely the reason why a gigantic effort is called for. Unless it is forthcoming, the latest normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan might prove to be one more period of relaxation before the tensions build up again. Till then one cannot take this normalisation very seriously. A few academics, a few journalists, a few poets may be able to visit the other country. An Indian sitar recital may occasionally be heard in rapt attention by the Pakistani ambassadors. High- flown poetry would be exchanged. Nothing else would have changed. Underneath the brittle superstructure of 'normalisation', a far harder and unpleasant base would have survived.

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