New Delhi: Some Indian High Commission officials out for shopping in Islamabad’s main business district were aggressively followed and abuses hurled at them, the Foreign Ministry complained to the Pakistan government today.
This is the second incident of Indian diplomats being intimidated and harassed over the last three days, Foreign Ministry sources said in New Delhi.
An Indian diplomat and his family on their way to a restaurant in Pakistan were chased by two men on a motorbike on Thursday this week, hours after India had called “harassment the new normal for Indian High Commission personnel in Islamabad”.
Pakistan: Land of the Impure
This segues into a discussion I had with my gym buddy (who is also a member of the Baha’i community). I have the opinion that one must constantly apologise and atone for the poor actions of one’s race & culture however my friend (born in the UK and much more Westernised) disagreed with me. I have the model minority approach that one must always be better than the best in every way possible (even though Pakistanis are hardly model minorities lol).
I feel that if any part of my identity let’s me down; then it’s very necessary to atone & apologise for it or to start disassociating from it. It’s the only way to self-improvement. It’s interesting to note that in real life my Pakistan & Iranian affiliations are at an all time low because those countries don’t fill me with pride, I find my wife’s Sindhi culture, with its mercantilism & cosmopolitanism, to be much more redeeming and fruitful.
When I started venturing opinions on Facebook about the poor, pathetic and shameful state of the British Pakistani community; all of my South Londonstan friends started to attack and unfriend me. I couldn’t understand why to be honest; if a Baha’i shamed the Baha’i faith in an ignoble way (murdered innocents etc), no matter who they were, they would have to be condemned & disowned.
Pakistanis & Muslims find that very hard to accept and become very defensive about bad behaviour in the community. It’s also rooted in the fact that the Holy Quran (like the Baha’i Kitab e Aqdas – the Book of Laws) is a revealed text, the word of God made flesh. That sort of thinking lends to dogmatism & defensiveness, which I suspect isn’t really there in Hindu/Indian society.
Hindu extremism isn’t intrinsic to Hindu society (maybe 2,000 years ago when there was a concerted effort to wipe out Buddhism). However it’s plainly obvious that so much of the right-wing Hindu mobilisation is down to the perceived threat of Islam & Pakistan.