India-Pakistan: Friendship as Enmity

Ahmad, Irfan. 2003. “India-Pakistan: Friendship as Enmity”. Economic and Political Weekly. 38 (31): 3231– 3233.

Abstract: While one can barely deny the importance of the episode of Noor Fatima from Pakistan receiving medical treatment in Bangalore, an excavation into our mass psyche would perhaps reveal something extremely disturbing. Treating Fatima was not a usual apolitical medical practice. It is rather an unusual political gesture of benevolence arising out of a profound sense of otherness based on a clash of national identities, Indian versus Pakistani. In the otherwise spontaneous gesture to negate the otherness of her there is simultaneously an unconscious affirmation of her otherness premised on national identity.