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Desh Deshantar, Rajya Sabha TV

Rajya Sabha TV   13 February 2018

 

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Line of no control

India Today      09 February 2018

https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20180219-bhimber-gali-rajouri-ceasefire-jawans-death-loc-pakistan-kashmir-1166244-2018-02-09

 

The death of an Indian army captain and three jawans in unprovoked Pakistani shelling on February 4 in the Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri district has refocused attention on the simmering situation on the Line of Control (LoC).

This ceasefire violation (CFV) is but the latest in a sharp escalation in the past few years and especially since 2017. The facts speak for themselves. Between 2003, when the (more…)

India should be worried: Is Pakistan army trying to mainstream jihadi groups?

India Today   02 December 2017

https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20171211-pakistan-army-trying-to-mainstream-jihadi-groups-india-tlyra-1097531-2017-12-02

 

The series of events in Pakistan over the past two months that culminated in the siege of its capital Islamabad by adherents of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) – and the following abject surrender of the state – are an ominous warning of the rise of the religious right in the country. The TLYRA is a Barelvi group formed following the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, the police guard who killed Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in 2011 and was hanged for the crime in February 2016. (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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