KASHMIR- THE WAY FORWARD

RAJYA SABHA TV- SECURITY SCAN

24 AUGUST 2017

Guests: David Devadas, Security Analyst ( PHONO); Tilak Devasher, Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat; Maj -Gen Shashi Asthana, Chief Instructor, United Service Institution; Capt Alok Bansal, Director, India Foundation

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BOOK REVIEW- PAKISTAN COURTING THE ABYSS- TILAK DEVASHER

Indian Defence Review April-June 2017, Vol 32 (2)

Lt Gen JS Bajwa

The Book explains the journey of Pakistan that enthusiastically greeted Jinnah in Karachi on 7 August 1947 to where it has reached in the present – of it just ‘being’ a state on a map. This he presents in 18 chapters formatted under seven sections through 450 pages (which includes the Notes and Index). The seven sections are – The Foundation; The Building Blocks; The Framework; The Superstructure; The WEEP Analysis; Windows to the World; Inward Analysis. (more…)

Pakistan@70: A troublesome start, 7 decades of hurtling towards the abyss…what next?

CATCH NEWS       14 August 2017

http://www.catchnews.com/international-news/pakistan-70-a-troublesome-start-7-decades-of-hurtling-towards-the-abyss-what-next-77331.html

As Pakistan turns seventy, I analyse three crucial markers –

  • Where it has come from
  • Where it is at and
  • Where it is headed

As a new country that came into existence on 14 August 1947, Pakistan did not start on a clean slate. It inherited the legacy of the Pakistan Movement. Three elements were crucial.

The first was the opportunistic use of religion by the Muslim League in the run-up to the 1945-46 elections that led to incremental doses of Islamisation, starting with the Objectives Resolution of 1949. (more…)

EVOLVING DYNAMICS IN PAKISTAN

SECURING INDIA        JULY 2017

VIVEKANANDA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION ‘PERSPECTIVE’

Pakistan stands at a pivotal moment in its history. It has to take major decisions on its future trajectory, on issues like democratic consolidation, civil-military relations, economic development, terrorism, response to religious fundamentalism; and its relations with its neighbours and beyond. (more…)

BOOK REVIEW

Tim Willasey-Wilsey        Published: 01 July 2017

International Affairs, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iix129

I would not normally read a book about Pakistan written by a former Indian diplomat for fear of bias. However, I knew Tilak Devasher and was aware of his fascination with Pakistan and of his scholarship. Indeed, this is a thoughtful, meticulously researched and well-written work. It is certainly tough on Pakistan’s failings and not quick to identify its strengths (like its vigorously free press and its remarkable resilience), but it is full of insights into Pakistan’s bumpy journey since independence. (more…)

How Pakistan is courting the abyss

Book Review

Anil Bhat – THE ASIAN AGE

Published : Jun 23, 2017

http://www.asianage.com/books/230617/how-pakistan-is-courting-the-abyss.html

 

Beginning with his fascination and curiosity about Pakistan, as a youngster born seven years after its painful birth, the author, in his preface, appropriately quotes a couplet each of two famous poets — Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib. The English translation of these verses are: This tainted night, this night bitten dawn This is not the dawn we waited for, expressing Faiz’s anguish on Pakistan’s birth in Subh-e-Azadi (Dawn of Freedom) and You are sowing love through violence, smearing the face of the nation in blood; You think your journey is being completed, I am certain you are losing your destiny, conveying Jalib’s lament at Pak Army’s crackdown in East Pakistan. These poets reflected the regrets of many others, not only from the fraternity of artists. (more…)

Missing Factors in India’s Policy towards Pakistan

Vivekananda International Foundation: Occasional Paper 01 June 2017

http://www.vifindia.org/sites/default/files/missing-factors-in-india-s-policy-towards-pakistan.pdf

Many in India often wonder why don’t we have better relations with Pakistan and how long will we keep on bickering and fighting. Many also point to the perils of a miscalculation given that the two countries are nuclear weapons states. The most famous articulation has, of course, been that the bilateral dialogue should be ‘uninterrupted and uninterruptible’.

For the last 70 years every political government in India has tried to engage with Pakistan, to develop a policy that would enable us to live like normal neighbours; some of our finest diplomats have spent their careers in implementing such policies; there have been hundreds of back-channels discussions – track 1.5, track 2, track 3 and so on. All such efforts have mostly come to naught. Today, 70 years after India was partitioned, we are still where we were with Pakistan even as the world around us has changed fundamentally. This must compel us to ask a basic question – what is the missing element in our policy formulation and practice that has resulted repeatedly in a one-step forward-two-steps- backwards relationship with Pakistan.

We have possibly ignored one key element on a long-term basis in our approach towards Pakistan. This is whether a positive relationship with India fits into Pakistan’s ideological and security narrative based on its perception of India.

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