Pakistan’s influential English daily Dawn has sharply criticized the people of both India and Pakistan for being “myopic” in their views to the incidents of violence that have polarized people in India.
In an editorial on Saturday, the newspaper said that “India appears to be at war with itself, while India and Pakistan are drifting ever further apart,” on account of the “assault on Indian secularism and inter-communal peace by right-wing forces”.
The response in both countries to instances of violence in India, the editorial said, was “predictable”. Stating that Prime Minister Modi’s dismissal of criticism at home was predictable, the episode with Moody’s Analytics however, got the central government to defend itself. The newspaper said that the incident showed that the Modi government was “more sensitive to criticism than it is to acts of violence against Indians themselves”.
Dawn was then sharply critical of the response of sections of Pakistani political class, media and civil society which “seemingly reveled in the recent tensions in India because it has allegedly exposed the real agenda of the Modi government and its supporters.”
But, the newspaper pointed out: “But if that were true, could the rise of rabid right-wing politics in India possibly be in any way good for Pakistan or the region? Sadly, myopia appears to reign on both sides of the border.”
Lastly, criticizing the “politics of hate and fear (that) appear to be on the march on both sides of the border”, Dawn said: “Perhaps most telling is that a Pakistani criticizing the Pakistani state is increasingly considered an anti-patriotic at home while an Indian criticizing the Indian state is considered a hero – and vice versa.”