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Where is the silver lining!

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It is really sad but understandable that despite sea changes in the world politics India is hell bent upon sticking to its unreasonable stand vis-à-vis Pakistan and Kashmir. India, in the recent past, had to face tremendous pressure within Jammu and Kashmir but full marks to its resilience that it has succeeded in pacifying the situation. It had to hold a defensive position when the uprising in Kashmir was at its peak during the nineties but is again on offensive against Pakistan and the people of Kashmir.

The joint communiqué issued after the meeting of the two Prime Ministers at the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh is nothing but a diplomatic jargon.  Look at the past joint statements and agreements between India and Pakistan; Kashmir stands distinct as an outstanding issue. This time Pakistan chose to agree on its omission against India’s agreement to an ambiguous reference to threats to Pakistan in Balochistan and other areas. India also agreed not to link action on terrorism with the composite dialogue. However, the question remains there:  Is India going to change its policies regarding Kashmir and Pakistan. The fact is that under a premeditated plan, India is destabilizing Pakistan by fomenting terrorism in the country and loses no moment in stamping out liberation struggle in the occupied territory. Who can explain India’s position when soon after the joint communiqué is signed at Sharm El Sheikh, Manmohan Singh tells Indian media men that composite dialogue could not be resumed till the culprits of Mumbai attacks are brought to justice.

There is no doubt that America is trying to persuade India to bring an end to the Kashmir dispute by making an agreement with Pakistan that could later be portrayed as a settlement on Kashmir. What we have to consider is that the settlement may facilitate the US in furthering its programmes in the region but is sure not to be in line with the interests of both Pakistanis and Kashmiris. The settlement may be on something which would be defined as autonomy to the two sides of Kashmir and softening of the LoC. In other words, maintenance of status quo. 

In view of Pakistan’s overall timid approach and the fact that a genuine leadership in Kashmir is non-existent; there seems no silver lining in the near future. So what is to be done is to see how such a vibrant and forceful liberation movement in Jammu and Kashmir is generated that India finds itself compelled to change its intransigence on Kashmir. The potential in the form of public anger and resentment against India is there, but where is the leadership in Kashmir and Pakistan, which could convert the potential into a substantive liberation movement? Let us all work towards the emergence of such leaderships in Srinagar and in Islamabad.