“Democratic politics is politics without enemies and without a mentality of hatred, a politics of consultation, discussion, and decision by vote based on mutual respect, mutual tolerance and mutual accommodation.”

–Liu Xiaobo, June Second Hunger strike Declaration, 1989

 

On Christmas Day, 2009 Liu Xiaobo–activist writer, literary critic, co-author of Charter 08, and future Nobel Laureate–was sentenced to 11 years in prison, and two years without political rights for “inciting subversion of state power.” Liu’s sentence has been the harshest yet received by a dissident writer in China. On December 9, 2011, one year after the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to Liu, who remains in prison. While Liu manifesto touches on his frustration with the Communist Party of China’s politics, his ideas apply very much to Pakistan and India’s worsening relations and their international politics. India prides itself to be the world largest democracy and yet continues to function on a policy of hatred and animosity. This must change if there is hope of any dialogue of peace between the two countries and in the region.