27 January, 2021

The Subcontinental Menu

Illustration by Saahil
The Subcontinental Menu

Unlikely Friends

Pakistan has an unlikely ally in the deep south of India—the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, or DMK—in its perception war over Kashmir. When the DMK announced its August 22 protest in Delhi demanding release of J&K leaders, Pakistan’s foreign ministry tweeted that India’s major Opposition party with the third highest number of MPs was opposing the scrapping of Article 370. As DMK’s rivals heckled the party, its president M.K. Stalin decided to skip the protest at Jantar Mantar. Instead, he asked parliamentarian T.R. Baalu to do the honours. Stalin wanted to keep away from the media in Delhi, which would have questioned him on the arrest of P. Chidambaram. The DMK has displayed a muted opposition to the action against the former FM.

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