I visited both India and Pakistan in 2007. At that time, I wished Pakistan was more like India – secular, pluralistic, and accepting of minorities. Now I wish for the opposite – because India has taken a complete u-turn, while Pakistan has been slowly progressing.
Since the advances of #BJP #Hindutva government in the last several years, India has taken a u-turn, and minorities are being oppressed, while Pakistan, which has a LONG way to go, has made improvements in the lives of minorities.
In 2007, there was a day and night difference between the two. Pakistan was full of sectarian violence, crime, and full of stories of minorities being oppressed. In India, I visited my friend who belonged to a minority, and I was so happy to see that he could practice his faith safely and openly. Now, I no longer have any desire to even visit India anymore – it’s become like the violent and oppressive Pakistan of the 80s and 90s – and continuing to further go down that road.
I wish Indians would look at Pakistan of the 80s and 90s as a cautionary tale to learn from – but it seems that the #BJP #Hindutva government is hell bent on repeating the same mistakes as Pakistan, and leading itself to more death and destruction at it’s own hands. In India, the #hindutva #bjp fundamentalist are taking it down the same bloody road that Pakistani fundamentalist have already taken Pakistan through in the past.