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Love-hate ties

by Bhaskar Ghose, 23 April 2010, Frontline.

There is a fund of goodwill among Indians and Pakistanis for each other but why do governments of the two countries hate each other?All Indians know that Pakistan considers India to be The Enemy. Paradoxically, they do not hate the Indian people, nor do Indians hate Pakistanis. There may be indifference or ignorance, as there is in some areas of the country, and, in North India there is a great deal of goodwill, even affection, for the people across the border, individually and as a body in Pakistan. But India is hated as The Enemy, while in India Pakistan is disliked and distrusted, not as The Enemy but as a very big and potentially dangerous irritant.


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