LAHORE Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir who met in Bhutanese capital Thimphu had failed to set any dates for the resumption of peace talks between the two countries that stands stalled since 2008 after the Mumbai attacks. Hopes for resumption of talks are expected in the Indian Capital. Rao was quoted as saying that We have a number of outstanding issues. So we are going into this with an open mind and constructive attitude. His statement is a clich which echoes every now and then in the land of barren peace, with no hope to cultivate fraternity and cordiality, where all such zero-sum dialogues proved no more than a zero-sum exercise. How this region experienced one spell after the other may be reminisced from the following facts: The partition of India was a watershed in the history due to certain unique features. For the first time in the world, a religious entity that enjoyed majority in any country, demanded a separate country after bifurcating the mainland with the sole objective of their religious outlook where they wanted to implement their own law, framed on the injunctions or tenets of Islam. If we go back into the history, the communal bickering, frequent internecine fighting, intriguing against one community or the other by the Hindus, hegemonic ambitions and exploitations of the Muslim minorities at the hands of the dominant Hindus, economic disparities etc were some of the key features, which created hate in their minds, that both communities cannot live together. At the time of partition, nobody could imagine freedom would ultimately face the pressure superpower rivalry. Soon after 1948 the Cold War era divided the whole world into two poles prompting the need to safeguard their national interests and the need for a well-defined security apparatus. There was yet another division of the world into capitalist and communist/socialist states that also sent a strong signals about their religious splits - one supporting the religious while the other denying it categorically. The pursuit to turn the rest of the world into democratic and autocratic socialist states vied for supremacy in the scientific and industrial advancement through all fair and foul means. Likewise, the intelligence agencies i.e. KGB versus CIA of two blocs also locked their horns, who undertook their espionage missions. The piracy of nuclear assets and economic plans became the order of the day. The power paradigm created a sense of competition between the two powers. Sense of insecurity led to the arms race - acquisition of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear capability, ballistic missiles and stealing the secrets of one another. In this pursuit, both India and Pakistan too have to align themselves with one of the blocs i.e. Russia or America as part of their security umbrella. Since many things were left un-decided at the time of partition, both countries raised the armed forces to achieve their ends leading to empowerment and state of the art technology. This helped the two super-powers; sell their arms at exorbitant prices and of becoming their true masters. As such the suzerainty was with these two giants of cold war era. The bone of all contentions was issues like Kashmir conflict which multiplied and germinated a new set of conflicts that further aggravated the rivalry into complex phenomenon. The blessing of USA or the USSR, with their wholehearted support by the client states to protect their interests became a criterion of victory. A stage reached, when political support and superiority of weapons gave fillip to another tussle i.e. economic empowerment to draw more and more political mileage. To entice these clients the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Banks played a key role. This in turn led to the debt service to approach the International Financial Institutions (IFI). Like a web of deceit that enticed them into loan services or payment of interest and agreeing to certain terms and condition for grant of loans. The South Asia is fast retreating into a sorry state of affairs as political and commercial interests by-passed the UN agenda to monitor HR violations and to ensure rule of law in the world, preached and practiced by all the major powers. Tomorrow, the share of river water, pollution-free environment, clean drinking water, cheap energy resources, generation of employment opportunities, safety or security, healthcare or medical facilities will become more crucial and inevitable for all the states to pay more attention than other issues. Tomorrow, Pakistan and India will be looking for cheaper sources for the provision of edibles, medicines, energy and security to keep the wheel of life or fortune go on. The need to clear the back-log of loans, pay the installments of circular debts will start biting . The shutter control to decide the fate of the two rivals will remain in a state of quandary. The nations that do not learn any lesson from the history will ultimately face the same consequences of their past. This is the natural cure of life or rotation of wheel of fortune sometime beaming with 'silver lining at the end of dark clouds. Or drive the nations to the dark oceans of obscurity. Granted the fortune is smiling on India but reversal of universal order cannot be ruled out in future. It is time for both the countries to rationalise their outlook by re-defining their priorities and see the future through the prism of realities to secure the future of their coming generations.