Foreign Policy

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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Why Pak is so flustered by Husain Haqqani’s recent Washington Post article

Catch News, Published 18 March 2017

http://www.catchnews.com/international-news/why-pak-is-so-flustered-by-husain-haqqani-s-recent-washington-post-article-54871.html

An article in The Washington Post on 10 March by former Pak ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has set the cat among the pigeons in Pakistan.

Haqqani’s article has to be seen at three levels:  (more…)

United with a rope of sand

BOOK REVIEW

AJAI SAHNI, India Today

Published 03 March 2017

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/book-pakistan-courting-the-abyss-indian-intelligence-officer-tilak-devasher/1/894898.html

We live in an age of jingoistic ultranationalism, and a book on Pakistan by a former top Indian intelligence officer raises expectations of a high measure of rancour and stridency. Instead, Devasher approaches his subject with extraordinary calm, but is unblinking in his gaze on Pakistan’s endless courting of the abyss. (more…)

Pakistan pushing itself towards the abyss with its Afghanistan obsession

BOOK EXTRACT

DAILY-O Published 19 January 2017

http://www.dailyo.in/politics/pakistan-courting-the-abyss-afghanistan-taliban-india-durand-line-south-asia-pakthuns/story/1/15182.html

A broad sweep of the history of Pak-Afghan relations since 1947 reveals that at its core, Pakistan’s policy is dictated by its insecurity vis-à-vis the Durand Line. Right from 1947, Pakistan was faced with a western border that was disputed by its neighbour just as, in its perceptions, India in the east too was seeking to undo Partition. (more…)

Pakistan: Courting The Abyss review: The book delves deep into problems of Pak

RANA BANERJI, MAIL TODAY

Published January 29, 2017

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pakistan-courting-the-abyss-review-the-book-delves-deep-into-problems-which-pak-face-lifest/1/869159.html

The book traces Pakistan’s journey from an optimistic start towards a rather pessimistically-painted doom, to which it now seems to be hurtling. Written with flair and analytical precision by a trained intelligence professional, now retired, it delves deep into problems which Pakistan faces. Dealing with most issues with empathy and objectivity, (more…)