It was perhaps a sign of things to come. As if to take our minds off the winding down of summer, we experienced an earthquake that was not as bad, being of 3.4 magnitude. There wasn’t any major loss of life, but we were perhaps lucky that it didn’t serve as much more than a reminder that there was a Pakistan-India T20 match the next day.

I wonder if there had been any spot betting on whether or not there would be an earthquake 24 hours before the match. In fact, that was perhaps all that could be the subject of a wager, because a lot of people were not disappointed at the result, because it was widely assumed that that was how the result would go. However, it was also amazing that so many people were disappointed. That means that people expected, hoping against hope, that Pakistan would win. Frankly, there was no hope of anything but an Indian win, with Dhoni back in the Indian team. After all, Pakistan had won a full (30-over) One-Day International against India in the Asia Cup, thus making sure that Virat Kohli was not made anything more than a stand-in skipper.

There are two other angles to this, other than the money you would have made (or lost) from betting on the match. First, you are not any more supposed to hope for India losing. Indians get very shirty about this. In fact, the last time India lost to Pakistan, a whole lot of students were expelled in UP for backing Pakistan. What seems to have made it worse was that they were Kashmiris. So any bright young spark in an Indian university who thinks it would be a bright idea to back India, should watch out. He could find his academic career coming to an abrupt end. I wonder if the betting is as intense on the election results. All the survey data seems to be showing that the BJP is going to win, as Indians think that its flagbearer, Narender Modi, will make a difference. Not at cricket, because Gujerat, the state of which he is still Chief Minister, has not done all that well in his tenure in the domestic cricket competition. In fact, the last time Gujerat was in a Ranji final was 1950-1, when Modi was still in school. As a BJP man, his focus is on having Muslims killed, or at least expelling them from university. If Muslims have the bad taste to stay alive, then at least they should be uneducated so that they can be oppressed.

Second, it seems that whoever forms the Pakistan government, is going to support an Indian win. Because it almost seems as if our governments exist to do whatever India wants us to do. Give it Most Favoured Nation status (now given a new name, so that India can keep its non-tariff barriers undisturbed)? Yes, sir. Wink at its violations of the Indus Water Treaty? Right away, sir.

Modi would have probably preferred the match to have been played on Sunday, Pakistan Day. Pakistan Day is perhaps the only time a nation commemorates what was essentially a party occasion. What happened on this day in Lahore in 1940, was that a party passed a resolution. At the time, the resolution was unprecedented, because unheard of. It was a demand for the partitioning of India. And the demand for a separate homeland, which had only been voiced for the first time in 1932, in Allama Iqbal’s Allahabad Address, was formally made. The first official, nonparty occasion, Independence Day, was the beginning of decolonization. I doubt if many who heard the Allahabad Address, or even read about it in the newspapers next day, would have believed that the separate homeland first demanded in 1932, would appear on the world map in 15 years. Back in 1932, the idea of the British Raj coming to an end was generally not accepted, and the Round Table Conference at which it was mooted, seemed yet another of the wild and woolly ideas of the Ramsay MacDonald-led Labour Government.

Come to think of it, what we celebrated was a very democratic, law-abiding sort of thing to do. Pass a resolution, that’s all. Unlike some of the more stressful moments of the Pakistan Movement which ensued, no law was broken. Very much an anniversary for the times.

Speaking of that resolution, perhaps we need to look at Crimea in that context. If Crimea can move from Ukraine to Russia in weeks, why should the Muslims of the Subcontinent not have a separate homeland in years? And why shouldn’t Kashmir have the same right? India’s refusal to let Kashmir have that right is a reflection of how deeply it resented the creation of Pakistan, which came into existence through a similar process of self-determination.

Well, it’s perhaps lucky that we weren’t blamed for the Crimean crisis. We were blamed for the missing Malaysian airliner, after all. It was a very thin story, that the plane had been hijacked into Pakistan, which was based on that fact that the plane was missing, and that the late Osama ben Laden was supposed to have carried out 9/11. I think Pervez Musharraf’s earlier claims that his plane was hijacked may have inspired this. The inescapable fact that hijacked planes usually show up at airports put paid to this story, which was probably spread by Indians. We should counter with the claim that Narender Modi, the BJP high command, and the Hindu god Hanuman hijacked the plane, and are keeping it in Gujarat.