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HENB | New Delhi | June 13, 2016:: RSS-affiliated Hindu think tank India Policy Foundation (IPF) has now published its tri-monthly “PAKISTAN WATCH“.
Speaking at the launch of Pakistan Watch RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said that he does not foresee Pakistan Watch to survive for long. “In 1980-85, a journal called USSR Watch was released and it was said that it would remain for long,” he said, adding that the USSR split within years.
The programme was held in the auditorium of Constitution Club of India, New Delhi on June 13th.
Stating that “Pakistan is not a state, but a state of mind”, Hosabale said, “Pakistan considers India its enemy. It formulates its policies considering this in mind.” Hosabale also added that lack of freedom of expression no culture could evolve in Pakistan since it came into existence.
All-India prachar pramukh of RSS, Dr. Manmohan Vaidya was also present at the event. Hosabale and Vaidya are both trustees of the IPF, whose honorary director, senior Sangh ideologue Rakesh Sinha, is the editor-in-chief of the journal.
Honorary Director of IPF Prof Rakesh Sinha said that Pakistan is actually a ‘nation-less’ state. It came into existence as an random experiment and continues to be so even today. It is the responsibility of India to keep a watch on the developments taking place there in Pakistan. With this view, the quarterly journal ‘Pakistan Watch’ is being launched by the IPF. Each issue of the journal would contain historical discussions and documentations related to Pakistan.
The inaugural issue of the journal carries historical resignation of Jogendra Nath Mandal, the former member of Pakistan constituent Assembly and Minister. He resigned following the oppression and suppression on Hindus in Pakistan. The issue also has an article on Pakistan policy on counter-terrorism, Tehrik-e-Taliban and Minority plights in Pakistan.
According to Hosabale, Pakistan has failed to create institutions and its economy has not moved ahead. India-Pakistan relations have not moved an inch despite many rounds of talks, he said and cited instances such as the Lahore bus diplomacy bid by then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the recent Lahore visit by PM Narendra Modi. While the former ended in the Kargil intrusion the latter had the Pathankot attack in its aftermath, Hosabale said.
Major General G D Bakshi (Retd), who chaired the session, said: “Pakistan understands only the language of Army.” He claimed that despite securing early victories in 1948 and 1971 wars, the Indian government of the time could not recover the lost territory.
In the programme, senior journalist and compiler and translator of another fortnightly of IPF “Urdu Press ki Sameeksha” Manmohan Sharma was felicitated by RSS Prachar Pramukh Dr Manmohan Vaidya.