20 October, 2020

Opinion | Testing Times Ahead, India Must Guard Against Pakistani Misadventures

Jammu & Kashmir cannot be kept in a perpetual state of lockdown. But how the government handles protests will be the first real test of the Centre's strategies, writes Lt Gen DS Hooda

Opinion | Testing Times Ahead, India Must Guard Against Pakistani Misadventures

Was Article 370 a bridge that linked Jammu and Kashmir with India or a chasm that prevented full integration of the state with the nation? This question will continue to be debated in the coming days, but what is unq­uestionable is that this move has been welcomed by a majority of Indians. The decision is being hailed as one that will bring development to J&K and, in the Union home minister’s words, lead to “an end to long bloodshed in Kashmir”.

The government has undoubtedly taken a mom­entous step, but this is only the first along a long and difficult path. There have been accusations in the past that governments have looked at the J&K conflict through a security-centric app­roach and ignored the political and aspirational aspects of the locals. Some of this accusation is justified, but today, there is perhaps an opportunity to craft a broad politico-security strategy to move J&K towards conflict resolution.

Any strategy for J&K must necessarily account for both external and internal factors. We may term J&K as...



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