“A tax collector should collect taxes from a taxpayer just like a bee collects honey from a flower in an expert manner without disturbing its petals.”
-Kautilya in Arthashastra
Should Kashmiris thank the Ashoka Chakra, so to speak, for being nationals of India? One does not know what to do, laugh or cry on reports that Kashmiri protesters Wednesday led by separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat had chanted “Kashmir banega Pakistan,” or Kashmir will become part of Pakistan, slogans.
India Today, released a video that showed Bhat chanting slogan, with the apt caption, “The Democracy that is India. Here Masarat Alam can chant “meri jaan Pakistan” and “Kashmir banega Pakistan fearlessly!” The reason why I felt crying was I was told by Baloch sources in my native Balochistan that Pakistan launched its first drone attack in Mekran Friday afternoon around the same time protests were being held in Srinagar. Some sections of the media also reported that Bhat had raised Pakistan flags, but others question this charge as frivolous. However, after Bhat is clearly heard saying “meri jaan Pakistan”…
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Surendranath Banerjee’s newspaper the Bengalee made the point on 18th January, 1902:
“The agitation for political rights may bind the various nationalities of India together for a time. The community of interests may cease when these rights are achieved. But the commercial union of the various Indian nationalities, once established, will never cease to exist. Commercial and industrial activity is, therefore, a mighty factor in the formation of a great Indian union.”