All scenarios and options painted by these analysts only focus on the dominant Punjabi elites –largely available in the JMC, at the cost of provincial stability. Unwittingly, they all believe (dangerously) that military is the only option to ensure relative stability in Pakistan where the democratic parties are too divided and defunct to steer Pakistan.
India needs to clearly outline its endgame in Kashmir beyond petty politicking within the ambit of a grand strategy, harmonising Kashmir politics and governance with a firm control on the terror emanating out of Pakistan.
The strategy aims at managing the mathematics of terror at the Line of Control, creation of a strong intelligence network in the hinterland to isolate and neutralize the militants and spreading the message of hearts through credible and genuine actions.
Editor’s Note: Kashmir has reached a turning point because of the dint of hard work by leaders and people operating to make Kashmir safe. Personalities are important but secondary to the doctrines and people friendly strategies they have implemented. These strategies need to be evolved further by all stakeholders to make Kashmir what it is [...]
For the anger to subside on the streets, the security forces will have to be more than transparent in conducting their operations. While this is a challenging and uphill task considering the dimensions and extent of their involvement we are sure this incident would serve to remind them that heart is the only way forward.
All seems to be quiet in Kashmir for the time being and there are political voices emanating from the Home Ministry that a political solution to the imboglio in Kashmir is in sight. The separatists deny any such initiative. It is in these relatively quieter times that India needs to once again revisit the earlier [...]
The mid term elections in US have ominous portents for Obama ranging from the domestic to foreign policy issues. This post attempts at unraveling some of the the thoughts being proposed and debated by think tanks across the globe. The domestic issues are for US to take a call om. The real danger is from “New” ideas of military expansionism in South Asia.
The people of Kashmir have been caught up in the multidimensional battle amongst various interest groups for their very existence. The peaceful valley suffered at the hands ofZia ul Haq’s aspirations translated through Op Topac in 1989. A mayhem and religious frenzy ensued which massacred innocent Kashmiri Pandits, marginalised the valley and left deep scars on the psyche of the people of the state – hindus, muslims or ladakhis.
An interesting article in Foreign Policy asks, in view of the recent US Pakistan spat, as to what does Obama want from Pakistan? . It reinforces the view that with a remote controlled civil government at its disposal, Pakistan Army is ruling the roost in Pakistan to the detriment of US war efforts. Their ultimate aim [...]
Amongst wide ranging opinions in the papers swaying between optimism and pessimism the authors of the papers unanimously agree that Pakistan as a country has five to seven years to get a grip on managing its internal fault lines. It has to shed its image of “epicentre of terror” and manage to survive without using terror as a strategic hedge to meet it’s ill perceived National Interests. Should it fail to do so, despite best attempts of its friends, it may very well balkanise sooner than later.