This year, 2017, seems to be the year of walls. And the writing on the wall is clear for all to read.
The ideal of One World, global village and of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (world as one family) envisaged by ancient Indian scriptures may be buried in the foundations of the wall the US President, Donald J. Trump, has ordered to be built.
As I write this, on Sunday, Germany celebrated the silver
jubilee of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The barbed wire and concrete “Antifaschistischer Schutzwall,” (anti-fascist bulwark) between East and West Berlin, built in 1961 was symbolic of political division of many people with the same culture and language.
The lifting of curbs on defection to West Germany from the Communist East Germany (German Democratic Republic) on November 9, 1989 was considered a historic event. It led to the demolition in 1992, of not only the 91-mile Berlin wall but also many ‘mental walls’ between people, erected by politicians.
A barbed wire fencing between India and Pakistan is being completed. An electrified fence separates Botswana and Zimbabwe . Malaysia and Thailand are separated by a wall. So are Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Iran and Iraq, and Kuwait and Iraq.
The Washington Post says the number of walls worldwide briefly.remained stagnant after the fall of the Berlin wall However after the 9/11 attack on the New York World Trade Centre, wall construction projects proliferated dramatically, reflecting instability in the Middle East.
Islamic terrorism led to.more than 45 walls separating countries and territories by 2011.
Latvia, born out the embers of the erstwhile Soviet Union, has completed the first 23 km of the wall to stop migration along its 276-km border with Russia. reports said. The 9-foot wall is expected to be completed by 2019. An allocation of €6.3 million (₹45 crore) has been made by the Latvian government for constructing 60 km more his year.
The Latvian wall and the 1950=mile wall on the Mexican border proposed by President Trump will be the latest additions to the political walls in the world. While the 5,500-mile Great Wall of China remains merely historical and a heritage monument, the demolition of the Berlin Wall heralded the integration of the two Germanys and end of Cold War.
Many analysts thought that Donald Trump’s talk of a wall between Mexico and the USA was mere campaign rhetoric, not to be implemented. And yet one of the first actions by Trump after his inauguration was to set the building process into motion.