India-Pakistan relationship has been plagued by suspicion and hostility since the violent partition of British India in 1947. Kashmir conflict and various other military squabbles have left both nations with distrust of it’s neighbors. This has resulted in violence and arms race. After the conclusion of the British rule, an estimated 12.5 million people were displaced and two new sovereign nations were formed. India and Pakistan both emerged as secular nations. However, India had a majority Hindu population with large Muslim minority, while Pakistan had a staggering Muslim population. Although India and Pakistan established diplomatic relations relatively soon after their independence, the violence during partition and disputed territorial claims would establish an atmosphere of anger and suspicion. The two countries have fought in three major wars and have been involved in numerous other military standoffs.
Sadhguru, an Indian yogi, poet, mystic and bestselling author, during his conversation with Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan said that in order for India and Pakistan to bring peace, there must be bilateral business agreements between these two countries. Sadhguru mentions that India and Pakistan are both developing countries and have been developing for a long time. “Forever if you’re developing, you are not a developing country. If you are developing, somewhere you must become developed”
Sadhguru says that both countries are spending enormous amount on defense and “other non sense” and that must be reanalyzed.
On February 1, 2017, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated 3.59 lakh crore Indian rupee ($53.5bn USD) for defense, an increase of about 7% from the previous year.
Similarly, Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar announced in late may that the country will increase its defense spending by $578 million to $8.78 billion in fiscal year 2017-2018, also a 7 % increase from the previous year. Preparation for a potential war is an expensive process, an expense that could be put towards better use.
The mystic points out that the religious leaders in both countries may not come together. Two military leaders may also not agree because they are trained to shoot at each other. Political leaders will not agree due to the risk of losing the office. However, a business person’s only incentive is to do business. If there is a bridge to be built and there are investments for that project, a businessman will take on the task regardless of the location, assuming that the door for businesses are open by the country’s leaders.
Opening the doors for business between these two countries will create a new atmosphere of mutual benefit and cooperation towards growth and development. If there are daily transactions between both countries including exchanges of resources and ideas, than the motive to attack each other will decrease. In the long run, increase in trade and business could also dilute the national borders. This will create a climate of détente between two nations and ensure indiscriminate development based on capabilities rather than national identities.
Sadhguru concludes by saying, “Do business. As much business as possible. You will see, people will forget who the hell is a Pakistani and who is a Indian”
You can find the full video here: