September 01, 2010

COMMENT: Gilgit and Baltistan

By Kunal Ghosh

B Raman's analysis of China's motives regarding POK and our J & K are to the point. I would like to add one more dimension.

Although Gilgit and Baltistan are both Shia, there is a major difference between the two. Gilgit has a population that is coccasoid by race whereas Balti people are racially the same with our people in Ladakh. What is more significant is that they speak the same language, a form of Western Tibetan and use the same script as our people in Leh. The use of Arabic script, which is being imposed by Pakistan, has still not taken roots. So much for linguistics.

Now about geography and politics. Before 1947 there was a single Ladakh district, consisting of Baltistan, Kargil and Leh subdivisions. After the invasion of Kashmir by Kawailis aided by Pak army in 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh acceded to India and the Indian army pushed the invaders back, but due to Nehru's crave for international fame the issue was refered to UN and the army was stopped in its track before it could occupy a territory with a secure border. Many analysts say that the army should have taken the whole of POK right then. I disagree. It would have been impossible to keep control of the mountaneous parts of POK.

The army should have taken the whole of the valley including Muzaffarabad and also Baltistan which is a part of the Ladakh plateau and contiguous with the Kargil part of Ladakh. The people of Baltistan are mostly Shia with a small Buddhist minority and had always lived cheek by jowl with their Buddhist fellow Ladakhi in peace sharing the same language, script, cuisine and many customs. Strangely, the people of Kargil have started using the Arabaic script more than thier Balti brethren. This is due to imposition of Urdu by the J & K govt, while the Central Govt remained oblivious of the implications of this linguistic shift. The people of Baltistan benefited initially by the benign neglect of Pak authorities and could retain thier script. But that has changed now with the policy of Sunni outsider settlement. Now there is a simmering revolt against Pakistan and China is fishing in these troubled waters. The Chinese would like to prevent the Baltis from developing affinity with their most proximate fellow Ladakhis across the LOC. Since the populace is Tibetan speaking, the Chinese will definitely lay a claim on Baltistan in future.

Their present moves within Northern POK and infusion of a large number of Chinese personnel and building of permanent housing for them should be interpreted in this light. In contrast, how ignorant of cultural linkages, linguistics and strategic foresight have our policy-makers been !?


Anonymous said...

"....In contrast, how ignorant of cultural linkages, linguistics and strategic foresight have our policy-makers been !?..."

- They are bunch of ratfucking idiots who don't know the difference between their mucus and their shit, don't know the difference between their heads and butts, will not mind putting their head up their asses before thinking through, unless it's a matter of money.

You put peanuts in shit and they will wipe it clean and eat it full and then they will burp after that. Except for a few good people the rest should be punished in the most sadistic way, like for example, stripping them (only males of course) naked and hanging them parallel to the ground above a small aquarium that has one piranha and other a few other small but aggressive fishes and their sticks and nuts should be beaten such that it barely bleeds to attract the fish. Once the fishes rush and when just one of them attacks the stick the body should be pulled up above the water. That shiteating mofo will be crying in pain and this cycle should continue until that mofo gets into a state of extreme paranoia, hallucinations and finally permanent mental disability.

Or may be somebody should practice golf by constantly hitting at their nuts and of course they should be tied like Jesus!! Only impatient nutcracks should be allowed to practice. WHy? because if they can't hit the ball to the target then they will hit the target with the club. How funny it'll be.

Or like each of those corrupt mofos should be forced to tie 50-100 grams of weight to each of their hairs on their nuts!!!

Or hang them like in the case of aquarium but instead of aquarium it will be a fight between best bred Rams!!! That mofos nuts will crack.

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