Kurginyan: The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is not unique

21.07.2022, Moscow.

The popular view that Russia’s actions in Ukraine are unique and unprecedented is completely inappropriate, said political scientist, the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on July 11 in the new issue of the program Destiny published on the movement’s YouTube channel.

Certain forces want to present Russia’s actions in Ukraine as unprecedented, unparalleled, comparing them, for example, with the conflicts such as in Vietnam, where two superpowers, the USSR and the US, indirectly clashed on the third country’s territory (Korea and Vietnam), stressed the political scientist. But this is a trap.

“There were other, very similar conflicts to the one that’s happening now, based on its entire typology and socio-cultural codes,” emphasized Kurginyan, recalling the ongoing confrontation between India and Pakistan.

In August 1947, shortly after the end of WWII, British India, a huge colony, separated from the British Empire, despite all the efforts and “pleas” from Prime Minister Winston Churchill, with the active involvement of the US, recalled the leader of the Essence of Time movement.

“At that time, British India was a colossal conglomerate, essentially a separate sub-empire. When it was set free, it immediately began to fall apart, not without the help of the British. And it was the collapse that shocked Mahatma Gandhi, its leader, and, as a result – Pakistan separated from India, ” continued Kurginyan, exploring the historic roots of Indo-Pakistani contradictions.

Following the collapse, the newly formed countries immediately began to clash, primarily around the disputed territory – the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The series of Indo-Pakistani wars has much in common with the current Ukrainian conflict. In particular, part of the territory now called Azad Kashmir separated from Kashmir to Pakistan, and the rest of the state was under the control of India.

In 1951, according to the UN, population of India was 10 times more than of Pakistan, which brings us back to parallels in the Russian-Ukrainian situation as a conflict between large and small countries.

“The first conflict took place between October 1947 and December 1948 over who owns Jammu and Kashmir. Losses amounted to thousands of people on both sides. The second time they began to fight in 1965, because after the first war, the state of Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan. And, Pakistan wanted to regain control over the Indian part and was preparing an uprising”, recalled the analyst.

The third war between India and Pakistan took place in 1971, added the expert. India intervened in the events in eastern Pakistan. And this war again led to heavy losses.

“It all happened after the end of WWII,” noted the political scientist.

“Isn’t there a parallel between the conflict in a very large, in terms of a population, India with a much smaller Pakistan, and a conflict of a large Russia with a much smaller, in terms of a population, Ukraine,” emphasized Kurginyan.

The Indo-Pakistani conflict has not been resolved to this point and is one of the central problems in relations between the two South Asian countries. Since the emergence of India and Pakistan in its current form, the conflict has turned into a hot war several times. In total, tens of thousands of Indian and Pakistani soldiers died in these wars.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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