But a state like Pakistan cannot be anything but dysfunctional. It cannot survive as a nation. It does not have what it takes. Its survival is being ensured merely by feeding an extremely belligerent army. I disagree with your contention that the army has the power to hold Hinduism back or that the entire Paki nation is united by islam in such enviable anti-Hindu unity of a degree of robustness that Hinduism can never hope to achieve. That gives both Islam and the Paki army more credit than they deserve. Take that army down and Pakistan will spin towards normality - perhaps in 2-3 fragments.
I have to be brief. Just to make things very clear, it is not exactly my contention that
shiv wrote: the army has the power to hold Hinduism back
My contention is that the army has the primary motivation to hold a free political space for Hinduism back. Whether it has the power to do so is a complex question that depends on a number of things, including the political forces in India itself, and can change over time.
Again, it is not exactly my contention that
shiv wrote: the entire Paki nation is united by islam in such enviable anti-Hindu unity of a degree of robustness that Hinduism can never hope to achieve
I purposely left the word "Islam" out of my assertions. I think Islam is what Muslims make of it, and varies in time and space. I think there is little doubt that many Muslims, specifically Pakis, are raised with the empire-smashing marauder meme that is a part of Islamic lore. There is more to Islam than that. But yes, I do think TSP-TSPA-TSP "people" are a coherent whole and not separate things.
I don't know what level of unity Hinduism can achieve or what form it would take, or how it would match up with TSP's unity of purpose (not Islam's necessarily) It is still in the regenerative stage. I think TSP's raison d'etre, and its goal, and the focus of its efforts, is ultimately to prevent, or put the brakes on, that process of regeneration.
I don't disagree that TSP's army should be taken down, of course. But I firmly disagree with the notion (at the core of India's policy I think) that the civilians in TSP should be encouraged, and "liberated" from the army yoke, and all else will follow. The marauder meme must be unequivocally extirpated from the Paki collective psyche, and the task at hand would be whatever it takes to accomplish this in a verifiable way. Every effort should be made to get this done short of commitng genocide.
These are significant and basic differences. I am frankly surprised to see them.