SwamyG wrote:I am not asking to take the entire 180 million, just a few thousand to get the necessary psy-ops & long term benefits.
Of course not! But it is a question of precedents. Once a precedent has been established, there will be innumerable repeats of it.
SwamyG wrote:What is the worst thing that could happen?
It seems this flood aftermath condition would not last longer than 3-4 months, at least its acute aspect. If India sets up refugee camps this time around, some refugees would stay for a few months, others may disappear into the Indian population ocean. WKK would of course greet those refugees at the border, do some photo ops with them, and show their presence in the Indian media.
Next time something happens in Pakistan, WKKs would cite the precedence of 2010, and demand that India implements its "tradition" of giving refuge to people in distress. That time there will be far less resistance amongst the nationalist Indians for the idea - due to tradition, one managed to live through the last refugee crisis and one would live through this one as well, etc. So India would go ahead and provide sanctuary again.
May be next time, the crisis gets compounded by broken infrastructure in Pakistan, or chaos, or whatever. The tide of refugees would go on increasing, and India would find it very difficult to stop the tide. In the meantime, the refugees already here would have established a beach head, provided their services as muscle and vote bank to some politicians, and it would prove still more difficult for India to close the doors.
We don't want that.
Getting a few pats on the back this time around for helping Pakistanis is not worth the trouble.