[The intention of this post is neither to blame anyone, nor to offend. The intention is merely to let of steam on account of something that frustrates me time and again. If it offends you, please do not judge- I am not being insensitive, I am merely angry at the games people place even at times like this. Leave a comment, think about it, or ignore the rant and please come back tomorrow.]
Your neighbour's family is in trouble. The kids are starving, they have no place to stay. You have had a long history of antagonism with your neighbour, but you have been neighbours for a long time and now that you seem them in trouble, you offer to help. It is not an act of charity, it does not mean you have won the battle- it merely means you have declared ceasefire long enough to help your neighbour get back on his feet, before you can resume your normal disagreements.Your neighbour turns down your offer, even as he goes around the neighbourhood seeking it. The kids are starving, you have cooked extra food, but the neighbour refuses to accept it. You want to walk across and thrust the food down their throat, but you can't - that would be trespassing, and your neighbour will never let you get away with that.
What then do you do? Except hope better sense prevails. And.... curse your neighbour for being so stubborn.
The relationship between India and Pakistan has always been strained as best, but when the floods hit Pakistan, the Indian government offered aid as any good neighbour would. The amount offered in the first installment was so low as to make me blush- was that the best we could do- but what appalled me was the fact that the Pakistani government refused to accept it, and continued refusing to accept it, till the US government told them that they should accept it, or else....
When your people need help which you can't provide, and when someone else is willing to provide that help, what are you proving by turning down the help?
Will proving a point put food in starving bodies, provide a raincoat to protect people from the rain, or conjure up basic medicines to prevent water-borne communicable diseases?
Is politics more important than people? Should it be?
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