New Delhi, 5th Sept: The best thing that has happened to Europe is the refugee crises after it changed course and pursued peace in the aftermath of the Second World War. It needed the emotional kick of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body on the beach to awaken the conscience of a continent is really evidence that Europe had moved far from the ideals it set for itself after the War.
European leaders will not have to introspect and figure out what Europe has become, as opposed to its glorious self-image as the flag-bearer of human rights around the world. It will also force the leaders to fight with the enemy within like the its borders, in economic, political and cultural terms.
It is time the leaders learnt that a nation cannot prosper on its own. It has its reponsibility towards its neighbours and the world in general. The Hungarians, Slovakians, Czechs and Poles are refusing to see the refugee crisis as their problem. Slovakia even went to the extent of saying Europe should prioritise Christian refugees, leaving Merkel appalled.
This is thus a good time as any to examine the “Idea of Europe” and contrast it with the “Idea of India” and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two.