THE CU­RI­OUS CASE OF A BAD MAR­RIAGE

Tehelka - - POLITICAL YOGA -

Pak­istan, Amer­ica: You guys give bad mar­riage a bad name.

I have run out of op­tions. I have tried ev­ery­thing. Joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises. Task forces. Mil­i­tary con­trac­tors. Spies to spy on spies. Tal­iban. Anti-Tal­iban Tal­iban. The US gave Pak­istan Sesame Street as a kiss-and-make- up present and it turned out that like ev­ery­thing else about this re­la­tion­ship, Sesame Street was also a pile of in­trigue, kick­backs and ul­ti­mately dis­ap­point­ment.

Do you re­ally need a few more gen­er­a­tions of Tal­iban to bring you back to­gether?

Aren’t you em­bar­rassed of your­selves? There is a mini lit­er­ary in­dus­try out there fol­low­ing your mar­i­tal troubles. Some­one just pub­lished a tome called Deadly Em­brace. Last year, it was Pak­istan: Hard Coun­try. We have had De­scent Into Chaos, On the Brink, Play­ing with Fire, Deep Inside the World’s Most Fright­en­ing Mar­riage. There is even a self-help book called How Pak­istan Ne­go­ti­ates with the United States. The sec­ond part of the ti­tle is called Roller Coaster Ride.

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