discussing the inadequacy and poor development of civil society in our part of the world,
the economic dimension has been by-passed. The economic deterrents need to be addressed to
create efficiency on both the sides.
with our government is that whenever we have lawlessness, terrorism or chaotic disorder,
higher government functionaries accuse the Indian agencies to have created the trouble.
Why do the political parties blame agencies abroad to train terrorists and killers? Why
cant we have an effective media to inform the people of the real situation and whole
truths? It all depends on our own perception and unity. Why havent track 2 been
successful in addressing these issues and which channel would you call that?
Dr. Sri Ram Khanna:
Whenever there is a bomb blast in India, we are told that there was Pakistani hand behind
it. We are made to believe that the Pakistanis want to destroy us. During this dialogue,
we must address the dirty accusations that we like to push under the carpet.
Seminars like this dont influence the minds of the masses.
whole problem between Pakistan and India is not lack of communication. The real problem is
that terrorist activities here are always said to be emanating from India. This is a very
serious problem as it negatively influences the mind-set of people who no nothing better.
Real friendship can only result when we ask important questions like "who is doing
it" "why are they doing it" and "how to stop them"
I like the title of this conference and especially the words in it. "Peace,
Conflict-Resolution and democracy"
you intend to pass some resolutions? May I suggest cutting the defence budget by at least
25% and diverting the savings from this towards education, health facilities,
infrastructure development and social sector. Also, more people to contact should be
encouraged through relaxation of visa restrictions.