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Over the past 70 years, the display of respective nationalisms at the border has become very dramatic, aggressive, and hateful.

The Wagah-Attari border, at a short distance from Lahore and Amritsar is a trade and transit point between India and Pakistan. Over the past 70 years, the display of respective nationalisms at the border has become very dramatic, aggressive, and hateful.

A quick glance at post-Kargil films such as Gadar:Ek Prem Katha (2001), LOC Kargil (2003), and The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003) demonstrate how Kargil has influenced our notions of nationalism.

The Attari border is managed by BSF since its creation in 1965. “Your excellency” is the salutation that the officers on either side use when addressing each other. Sarhad is a highway restaurant close to the Attari-Wagah border that serves both Pakistani and Indian cuisine, reminding everyone of the common architectural, cultural and culinary heritage of pre-Partition Punjab.

Seventy years after the violence of Partition, the India-Pakistan relationship today has been reduced to shouting matches and threats of apocalyptic nuclear wars. The retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border is now a constant daily reminder of our hostility towards each other.

US President-elect Donald Trump’s telephonic conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will have grave regional and global consequences. 

Trump’s sudden call to Pakistan PM reflects his diplomatic and strategic way of rebuilding ties with Islamabad to alter the situation in the South Asian region when both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers. 

Trump told Sharif, “You are a terrific guy, You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see you soon. As, I talk to you, Prime Minister I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long.”

The conversation released by Pakistani authorities said Donald was “ready  and willing  to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems.” 

Donald Trump’s detailed conversation is going to have serious implications when India and Pakistan share tense and highly militarized borders with each other. His action also revealed that his campaign remarks about his love for Hindus and India were just a casual remark. 

Donald said “You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way” implies that Pakistan PM Nawaz has shown practical wisdom in handling domestic matters when military and ISI has been seen enjoying supremacy over civilian government in that country and also internationally gaining importance over India. 

Already India-Pakistan ties are constrained due to increased number of terror attacks on Indian armed forces and ceasefire violations by Pakistani military along the LoC and the International border in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Chinese leader who has already talked with Donald after his wining the elections, must have spoken to him about the strategic and economic benefits of engaging with Pakistan. 

But Donald’s haphazard way of speaking to leaders of 29 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Turkey, Israel, Russia and ignoring to speak with the Indian Prime Minister also shows his policy of seeing New Delhi for a petty and low role in his scheme of things. India should therefore guard against accepting any degraded role in the region. 

Trump’s early moves of speaking with foreign leaders without assessing the repercussions also shows his immaturity in handling diplomacy and communication strategy in world affairs. 

As a tradition the US President-elect is acquainted with the importance attached to different countries to bring about the desired changes in American policy.

Article Courtesy : Arti Bali, Senior Journalist & Analyst