Kashmir - A distraction.
For my first actual post, I decided I'd go with something totally safe and not in any way controversial or polarizing.... The Kashmir Issue. Or more specifically, the government's role in the escalation, and the eventual stagnation of the issue. But before I get to that, there is a simple truth that all of us must realize : The government is not our friend. It never was, and never will be. Now, (*dons tin-foil hat*) consider the following scenario : You live in a vast and diverse country. It, like any other country, has its fair share of problems. If it's a problem on a national scale, the responsibility of finding that solution rests upon the government. Now let's reduce the scope of the entire situation. Imagine yourself to be in the government's position, the country is thus reduced to your household, and the national issue is now a problem in that household. If you were to invest the requisite time and money into solving the issue, it would undoubtedly be solved. Instead, you take the easy way out. You shift the focus onto something else, something completely unrelated to the original issue. If at all you can't shift the blame, you find a patsy. Now take this analogy, and apply it to India. Kashmir becomes the issue that the focus is shifted to, and the patsy becomes Pakistan. Whenever there's a particularly problematic issue, the government controlled media immediately blankets the public with an overdose of information regarding the Kashmir issue. Suddenly, you find yourself surrounded by "breaking news stories" of fresh violence on the border.And that, is how you're being pushed into believing that your government is protecting you from the enemy across the border.
The truth of the matter is, there is no "fresh" violence on the border. There is always a constant state of battle being maintained there, and whenever the government needs to cover something up, they start caring about the lives being lost on the border. And for a few days, perhaps even a week, every national news network in the country is up in arms about the sacrifices the men and women in the armed forces make. Then everything goes back to normal, and nobody cares if two jawans perished the very next week, because nobody's talking about it. This exact same game is played out on both sides of the border, and at least in this regard, the Indian government is just as bad, if not worse, than the Pakistani government.
If you've stuck with my rant for this long, I'm sure you have opinions about my post, and I would love to hear them, in the comments. Just remember kids, Statism is a cult, and the government doesn't care about you.