BY FRANK HUZUR (picture on the right)
There never was a good war or a bad peace! In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.
Humphrey Hawksley was the face and voice of BBC television and radio broadcasts in Asia from 1986 to 1997. It was Hawksley who was chosen to open the BBC’s first television bureau in China in 1994. Indian and Pakistani public, not the least movers and shakers in corridor of power, had a strange tryst with this BBC correspondent in summer of 2001, a couple of years after both arch-rivals had beaten their chests with nuclear-heathen missiles and came dangerously close to bite the Uranium dust in Kargil heights. Hawksley launched his prophetic fiction work, Dragon Fire, with much fanfare and pomposity, predicting nuclear nightmare between New Delhi and Islamabad towards the end of this very decade. Precisely, Hawksley fiction predicts the starts of nuclear war in May of 2007 when Pakistan’s atomic strike leads India to devastating retribution. Suddenly, China, India and Pakistan are at war, and the nuclear arsenals are being mobilized. Humphrey predicted China pushes the world ever closer to Armageddon with her bombing of Indian. The US and UK threaten to retaliate against China, though Moscow warns that she will attack Europe or America should such an action occur.
This frightening prophecy of Humphrey Hawksley didn’t bring tears to eyes of Indians or Pakistanis or for that matter Chinese in the May of 2007. It’s a passé now as a gaffe. In summer of 2001, the then Defence Minister in the Hindu Nationalist BJP-led NDA government, George Fernandes had, however, exhorted every Indian and Pakistani to read Continue reading