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Indian About Pakistan

1. THE NATIONAL SPORT
Field hockey. The heights, the crash, and the struggle ever since. Eerily Indian.

2. THE SPIES 
Extravagant spooks everywhere. They know much. They do much. But they still can’t get to the roots.

3. HYDERABAD
The name. The glass bangles. And the opulence of the past. The Indian Hyderabad had the best jewels. The Pakistani Hyderabad washed its roads with river water.

4. THE TRAFFIC 
The bizarre rush. The incomprehension of rules.

5. THE DYNASTIES
They have the Bhuttos and the Sharifs. We have the Nehru-Gandhis and the rest.

6. THE CORRUPTION 
Virtually institutionalised. Nothing moves otherwise. Very familiar.

7. THE TWIN METROS
Lahore and Delhi. Two power centres. Karachi and Mumbai. Two commercial capitals.

8. DAWOOD IBRAHIM 
One don, two nations.

9. THE FEUDALISM
Zamindars there, and here. A terrible cocktail of misplaced ego and empty-headedness.

10. THE KASHMIR OBSESSION
They can’t think anything else. Neither can we.

& 10 THINGS PAKISTANI ABOUT INDIA

1. The singers, Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Nusrat, Adnan
2.
 The visa restrictions
3.
 Cricket match-fixing, too close for comfort
4. 
The mullahs, not quite as bad but getting there
5. The heroin
6. The ghettos
7. The obsession with America
8. The intolerance
9. Honour killings, they are the pastmasters
10. The overpowering of women

Vijay Simha

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