A_Gupta wrote:The primary graph we have to draw is one of Pakistani aggression against India. How to construct a single measure is difficult, from successful infiltrations, failed infiltrations, number of casualties, various terrorist attacks, firing across LoC, etc. etc.. Let's say we manage to do that. Maybe a crude measure of simply counting the number of incidents, whatever their severity, might be sufficient. We might be surprised and find that it is a fairly level curve with no significant peaks and valleys, in which case we'd have to explain our perceptions that Pakistani aggression has waxed and waned. The curve might simply follow the seasons, with lulls in winter and peaks in later summer. Beyond seasonality, if there are peaks and valleys in this graph, we could try to correlate to the situation in Afghanistan, the internal security situation in Pakistan, the economic situation in Pakistan, etc. etc.
Don't know why, but this makes me think of a dog I once had.
He was a small-sized dog, a punk of a dog you might say.
Most of the time, he was friendly enough--wagged his tail, played with the kids etc.
But sometimes, when he was feeling particularly good, he would bite someone.
And also, at other times, when he was feeling threatened--someone scolding him, or fatakas going off on dipavali, or whatever--he would also bite someone.
His bites were kind of pathetic and mostly a source of amusement for the family, especially the kids. Being small and punk-y, he couldn't do much damage. Even the neighborhood cats thought he was a joke and would taunt him, scratching him at will.
He was generally a failed dog--he would routinely ignore petty thieves and pilferers but chase off the postman. He was even a failure at protecting his own food bowl from marauding cats.
He was a parasite--he ate our food, used our services (walks, vet visits etc.) but delivered no tangible value.
He lived and died without ever realizing that he was a parasite and a joke. For some unexplainable human reason, we loved him anyway and mourned him.
I now wonder if I should have constructed a graph of his biting pattern.
Happy Independence Day and Jai Hind, all.