“We don’t want to relive those horrifying times. Why can’t India and Pakistan allow us to live in peace?”
Our constitution requires better from our executive, and our democracy is surely capable of generating more compassion than the current meanness of spirit we display towards Kashmir and Kashmiris.
In their quest to shape the post-war order, Indira Gandhi and her advisors sought to reorient Pakistan’s domestic politics and insulate the subcontinent from the next phase of the Cold War. Indira Gandhi’s reputation for shrewd statecraft is widely acclaimed, even by her fiercest detractors. Her quest for […]
“There should be peace between the two countries. Then only we can live in peace here in this border area.”
Nearly half of India’s weapons, including tanks and artillery guns, have stocks for less than ten days of combat.
Villagers in Kashmir, who used to remain aloof from the conflict, are now prepared to die in order to save militants under siege.
Most villagers cannot afford to start a fresh life away from the zero line, and bear the brunt of hostilities between India and Pakistan.
These are indeed tricky times for the subcontinent in which excessive or incorrect claims can both be dangerous. They could raise expectations that could later force the hand of political leaders to act less rationally or even irrationally.
The government can easily be more forthcoming about the surgical strikes. At a minimum, it should make public the information that Pakistan already has with it.
The suicide attack comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 km from Baramulla, killing 19 soldiers.
Lt General Ranbir Singh was careful to add that the surgical strike was a one-time affair as an escalation of tension would rebound negatively for India.
Military sources say small raids across the LoC have taken place in the past but the scale of the latest strikes and the fact that the government has chosen to speak about them have created a new situation. The Wire breaks it down.
A new study on the communities living along the Line of Control brings to light the issues plaguing them, and makes a case for their inclusion in peace negotiations.
Hopefully, Prime Minister Modi will at some stage retrieve his Pakistan policy from the security and intelligence lobby.