South Asia needs mutual accommodation in solving problems. It needs a feminist foreign policy.

A feminist foreign policy would embrace the idea of a South Asian Commons;

  • it would speak and act in favour not of ravishing disunities, but of rationalising unities, of merging capacities to build, to develop, to link.
  • It would exercise vetoes to block war, not peace;
  • it would emphasise the right to food, the right to health, the right to knowledge and learning, the right to reject the disconnects, the worn clichés and mental barriers that divide us.
  • It would weigh the interests of humanitarianism against the interests of power with far greater precision and wisdom.
  • It would say no to violence, against all, but particularly crimes against women and children. It would reject the voices of the far right and the far left.
  • It would feel the true pulse of the unknown, the marginalised, the excluded. It would have a people-centred approach (on both sides of the divide across the LoC) to healing the wounds in Kashmir.
  • It would promote business-to-business engagement, building the infrastructure for trade, removing non-tariff barriers, facilitating commerce, understanding the economics of proximity rather than promoting proximity as a peril.
  • Rather, promote these possibilities as assets that can alter the narrative of the past, and realise the prospects of peace that have hitherto been so elusive.
  • We need sense and sensibility, not pride and prejudice, in relations between India and Pakistan. Yet another feminine voice of our region, Vijayalakshmi Pandit, once said to a global audience: “Let us sweat in peace, not bleed in war”.
  • Learning the art of mutual accommodation in solving the problems that have kept us in this state of hostility and mutual enmity is not a loss of manhood. It may just signal the dawn of a truly feminist region.

Source: Indian Express

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