While the media has been only too eager to praise India as an emerging superpower, neighbouring Pakistan has been portrayed as a failed state – and the only US ally bombed regularly by Washington. This contrast, Dalrymple said, was a huge exaggeration: India had its own big problems with Naxalite and Maoist insurgents, and Pakistan had an emerging urban middle class, better infrastructure and a proliferation of TV and radio channels.
Though there were huge uncertainties, such as the military’s lingering relationship with the jihadis and the emergence of madrasas funded by Gulf oil wealth, Pakistans religious parties still got a very small proportion of the vote. Despite what the alarmists predict, Pakistan is not about to fall apart.
I just checked and Rajasthan is the sixth poorest state in India; so its not the best example. At any rate I do think that both India and Pakistan teeter on a failed states simply because their in an unsustainable defence race. I think the idea of India being able to match China is somewhat laughable and furthermore I don’t see the point of grand geopolitical gesturing. The McMahon line mirrors a deep civilisation border and if I were an Indian my only real interest would be mutual prosperity.
Prosperity is a virtue, everything else is a distraction. SAARC (its members export to one another a paltry 1.3bn USD) needs to take more of a lead from ASEAN than the EU. I do think Pakistan has been annoying by constantly antagonising India but then again India hasn’t managed Pakistan well so its a double edged sword, which harms both countries as in their inability to resume cricketing ties (makes no sense to play at a neutral venue; defeats the purpose).