05 December, 2020

Bordering On The Impossible

The LoC as a de jure border? It's a solution few dare endorse

Bordering On The Impossible
It's a conundrum which pops up every now and then-whether the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir should be converted into an international border-and every time its fate is the same. It gets buried under hostile, official reactions.

Tapping politicians and policymakers on both sides of the border evokes dramatically differing responses, depending on whether they are speaking on the record or off it. Publicly, there's opposition to the idea, but in private many actually support it.

The Pakistani incursion across the LoC has again pushed the issue to the fore. Says columnist B.G. Verghese, with the Centre for Policy Research: "Now more than ever there's a need for its settlement as a border." But before that, he says, there's another priority. "Most Indian politicians, academics and journalists don't know what they are talking about when they speak of the LoC. We have to clearly understand what it is, where it goes, what its history is and what it stands for." According to him, most officials speak of the LoC in the context of the Simla Agreement. What the July '72...



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