The head of one nation cordially requests the presence of his counterpart, the head of second nation which has a long history of conflicts, wars and allegations with the first nation. A couple of months later, the second nation disremembers the cease-fire agreement and violates the same for more than ten times. Also, an official of this second nation holds a dialogue with a separated leader of a disputed province that lawfully belongs to the first nation. Now, what should be the approach of the first nation towards refining the worn out relations? It has been more than six decades now that India is willing to forget the past bitter episodes so as to infuse harmony in the relationship; howeverPakistan seems to be unaffected and careless, as ever.
Let me remind you of some key instances. Post the end of the British rule, India and Pakistan emerged as two liberated nations sharing more or less same cultural and linguistic attributes. The center of attraction has always been the Kashmir. It is to be remembered that in October 1947, Pakistani paramilitary forces made an illicit attempt to invade Kashmir, where after the then King of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, signed the instrument of accession to the Union of India so as to protect the province from the attacks by deploying Indian troops. An integral and lawful part of India, Kashmir, is thus what the Pakistan wants at any cost. When Pakistan talks of plebiscite (referendum), why is the fact, that neither in the legislative nor in the parliament pollsany of the separatist leaders has ever been elected by people of Kashmir, disremembered?
The new Prime Minister of India, with the aim of bettering the milieu for Indians (specifically the Kashmiris) and Pakistanis,initiated the first attempt for wholehearted relations. The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan were to meet on the August 25th; however the abrupt intents of Pakistan have yet again placed a limitation. What was the Pakistan’s High Commissioner trying to attain during his meeting with the separatist leader, Shabbir Shah? For the past 11 days, the Pakistani troops have violated the cease-fire for more than ten times, wherein attacks have also been targeted at places occupied by civilians. Are the key leaders of Pakistan blind to notice that such attacks have left no other option for such civilians than to vacate their homes?
The war of 1947, 1965 and 1971 verified the courage and competence of Indian troops. What at all were the men, who backed the 2001 Indian Parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attack, trying to fetch? The insurgent attack on J & K state assembly in 2001, wherein a link between the separatist leaders and Pakistan has been established by the investigation teams, proves what the neighboring nation wants Kashmir to be. The Shimla Summit, the Agra Summit, and the Lahore Summit were a few measures to pull through the milieu; however the Pakistan, which is ruled by multiple administrative divisions, neverendeavored to pave way for a healthier tomorrow.
India, a nation known for its patience and brotherhood, has kept calm since decades. No longer, however, the picture seems to continue. The PM has warned the neighbor of engaging in proxy wars against India. Having tried to sort out issues by inviting the Pakistani PM in the swearing-in, if Pakistan has yet not parted with its habit of betrayal, they must now be ready for a stronganswer. For the sake of humanity, however, and also for the betterment of the residents of the two nations, the Indian PM can try resolving concerns calmly until the conditions warrant strict actions. Remember, to aptly handle the Pakistan dispute, one needs wisdom and robustness too.
The question is ‘what do the current circumstances demand from India?’ The J & K assembly elections are due in November this year. The meeting of the Pakistan High Commissioner and All-Party Hurriyat Conference can also be viewed in the same context. Likewise, the conditions prevailing in Pakistan, with public demonstration led by supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri, do not seem to favor any attention towards relations with India. Neither the neighbor is interested nor is there any firm agenda for the meeting of the two foreign secretaries. It would thus be better for the Indian PM to concentrate on the upcoming elections of J & K, which can be aplatform to establish the BJP in this province. Free and fair pollin the state is too the bull’s eye.