24 November, 2020

Dialogue, Not Revenge

Kanti Bajpai, Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Praful Bidwai and Achin Vanaik suggest a peace plan

Dialogue, Not Revenge
It's evident that the "proactive" or "offensive" strategy launched by the government on January 17 to contain insurgency in J&K is proving ineffectual, even counter-productive. It has aggravated the Kashmir situation, increased alienation, encouraged human rights violations and made a major, extended armed conflict with Pakistan likelier.

The complacency generated among Indian policy-makers and shapers by President Clinton's visit only heightens that danger. Many Indians felt encouraged by his blunt talk in Islamabad to the point of supporting a jingoistic, militarist anti-Pakistan policy. However one interprets Clinton's statements, this course is fraught with danger and must be firmly resisted.

Strangely, home minister L.K. Advani on his first visit to J&K after the Chitsinghpura massacre felt the strategy of militarily "neutralising" the insurgency and "isolating" Pakistan had "paid off well". In reality, this strategy has spurred a huge military build-up. Indeed, its very function was to establish a second "unified headquarters" of security forces north of...



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