Isa Daudpota has shared this letter which was sent to daily DAWN. This is the best piece I have read so far on floods and Indo-Pak relations. Raza Rumi
An Indian’s view of Pakistan is clouded by the Bombay attacks and the cricket scandal; a Pakistani’s view of India is no doubt similarly clouded by Kashmir and Gujarat. The floods in Pakistan, however, remind us in India that Pakistanis are human too. The tragedy is an immediate one, and is capable of an immediate solution. It is also a local one. Pakistan’s breadbasket is the Punjab; while it has been affected by the floods, there is a lot of it which has not. The Indus has caused most of the damage; the other five rivers are not so much in the news. Besides, though the floods will reduce the kharif, they will lead to a bumper rabi crop. If India had any sense, it would ship 10 million tons of grain now to Pakistan instead of letting it rot. If Pakistan had any sense, it would borrow 10 million tons from India and promise to pay it back next May. And it would buy drugs for cholera and diarrhoea, the immediate medical threats, from Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers, who are the cheapest in the world.
- An Indian
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