Narendra Modi's Grand Plan for Kashmir

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  1. sorcerer

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    Narendra Modi's Grand Plan for Kashmir

    Months after calling off scheduled bilateral talks following a Pakistani representative’s talks with India-based Kashmiri separatists, diplomatic interactions between New Delhi and Islamabad resumed with Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s trip across the border to meet his counterpart, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry. Jaishankar’s trip comes as part of a broader push for increased diplomatic interactions with countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

    The circumstances under which the talks were called off and their subsequent resumption raises a key question about the Kashmir issue and the role it continues to play in India-Pakistan bilateral relations: to what extent should separatist factions play a role in this relationship?

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearly has been trying to align New Delhi more closely with all Indian regions bordering Pakistan, notably Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan. That area has received special attention from Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, with frequent visits, political rallies, and, ultimately, the formation of a coalition government in the state along with the regional People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

    However, the BJP has a longer history in the region. During BJP’s previous term in power, former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy was hailed as an effective approach toward dealing with the problems of the region.

    Vajpayee approached the Kashmir issue from multiple dimensions, seeking to engage both Pakistan as well as with Kashmiri separatists simultaneously. His approach was guided by the three principles of Insaaniyat (humanism), Jamhooriyat (democracy), and Kashmiriyat (Kashmir’s age-old legacy of amity).

    Can Modi follow in the footprints of his BJP predecessor?

    Though Modi echoed his government’s commitment to the “Vajpayee approach,” many feel his tactics reflect an extricating of the external dimension of the Kashmir issue from the internal. Modi is seeking to engage with Kashmiris directly by offering them “development,” employment, and good governance, while keeping Pakistan and the separatists at bay. Advocates of this inward-looking Kashmir policy feel that involving the separatists will only legitimize their narrative.

    The only stakeholders here are India and the Kashmiri citizens of India — effort should be made toward creating a robust dialogue between the two.

    The situation in Pakistan has changed from what it was seven months ago and may also induce the Modi government to revisit its Kashmir policy. Following the Peshawar school attack on late 2014 in Pakistan, in which some 140 schoolchildren were killed, Pakistan’s defense establishment has once again taken center stage.

    Conspicuously, the Pakistani Army has stepped up its role in foreign diplomacy as is evident from General Raheel Sharif, the Pakistani army’s chief of staff, undertaking high-level trips abroad to the United States and elsewhere. Notably, Pakistan is also growing close to Afghanistan, receiving its newly elected president, Ashraf Ghani, and following up with reciprocal visits.

    Therefore, with Pakistan’s defense establishment effectively guiding the country’s diplomacy, India would do well to tread with some restraint. After all, despite its many efforts against terror outfits, Islamabad has yet to bring to task the mastermind of the devastating 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

    What’s more, the preventable provocations continue, with Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit meeting separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani just days after the Indian foreign secretary’s visit. Earlier, Islamabad denied a visa to PDP leader Naeem Akhtar, who was scheduled to visit Pakistan as part of a track-two delegation from India. The Pakistani government reportedly justified the decision by stating that it believes Hurriyat to be the true representative of the people of Kashmir, thus denying the visa to “reiterate this stand.”

    Observers in India are now wondering: will Pakistan now ignore the voice of the moderate pro-India parties in Kashmir?

    Skepticism apart, Modi knows ingenuity in Pakistan policy will go a long way toward establishing his legacy. His party’s inroads into Kashmiri politics are well-timed. Being the astute statesman that he is, Modi will not completely alienate any faction in the region. Alliances like that with Sajjad Lone – the ex-separatist leader who came together with the BJP in the recently concluded Jammu and Kashmir state elections – is a testimony to this. Modi may use such partnerships to engage in back-channel diplomacy with Pakistan to ultimately neutralize Kashmir issue.

    Jhinuk Chowdhury is a freelance journalist based in India who writes on South Asian affairs. Follow her @jhinuk28.
    Narendra Modi’s Grand Plan for Kashmir | The Diplomat
     
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    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    i didnt find any grand plan in above artilce......

    even recent visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s didnt yielded any things new..

    India and pakistan both agreed to disagree on every point ....

    only point i see is by parting with PDP Modi/BJP is hopping that there would be less support form within the kasmir to terrorist from across the border and there would less attacks

    i doubt about such thinking
     
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    yes,justification in article not upto mark.

    Ps- my view giving citizenship to WP migrants,settling pandits,make sure jammu,ladak gets enough funds.

    One prblm-- bjp min in jk units not aggressive. Hope they fight for funds to J,L.
     
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    Not possible funds would be provided to PDP-lead J&K gov .Depedns upon which portfolio BJP got ......

    IT they are good funded then BJP minister might be able to do something or else 80% would be diverted to keep PDP vote share happy
     
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    What is the justification?

    Modi knows, and Modi is a statesman. Yeah, but where is the grand plan from all knowing statesman?
     
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    bjp mal's should ensure funds go to jammu,ladakh.

    Ps- deputy bjp cm is looks hopeless. He should show some spine.
     
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    Spine should have been shown by the central BJP. Best portfolios are with PDP.

    There was no use tying up with these separatists, all the development would have come through governor's rule, and then fresh elections. This way BJP will end up losing support in Jammu.

    Both Jammu Ladakh would have preferred governor's rule to that of PDP.
     
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    He was showing some spine but then American leader meet him:rofl:
     
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    If modi/central gov started revealing such garnd plab to any tom dick harry news repoter then tab to ho gaya kalyan..

    Just wish any teorrist attack by any pak supported organisation get counter attack
     
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    Modi mayu have Grand Plans, but Pakistan has its Trojan Horse well ensconed.
     
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    Ladakh did not elect a single BJP MLA...only congress.
     
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    BJP has an MP from Ladakh.
     
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    Who barely scraped through with a few hundred votes as I recall.

    I believe it's too early to start calling anyone useless.
     
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    But even if it was a small margin, this show they have firm political base in Ladakh along with Jammu.
     
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    Pakistan Keen To Settle Kashmir Issue: Basit]

    Calling for a "new era of peace and stability", Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit said on Monday that his country was "keen" to settle the Jammu and Kashmir dispute with India through dialogue.

    In line with "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's vision of 'peace for development and development for peace', Pakistan was keen to settle all the issues with India, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through dialogues", Basit said in a message on Pakistan National Day.


    Speaking at the high commission here, Basit emphasised the need to "normalise" bilateral ties and "usher in a new era of peace and stability, enabling the two countries to address the challenges facing our region and exploiting myriad of opportunities unleashed by globalisation".

    He drew upon the importance of peace being in the "mutual interest" of India and Pakistan, said a statement from the high commission.

    Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday met the Pakistani envoy for a one-on-one at the latter's residence where they discussed a "new start" in India-Pakistan ties and Jammu and Kashmir.

    Pakistan Keen To Settle Kashmir Issue: Basit / Sputnik India English - News, Opinion, Radio
     
  17. anoop_mig25

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    thas every new ambassador says
     
  18. Hybrid Content

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    Hi Guys,

    Here's how baseless Pakistan's claim over Kashmir is. I'd like you comments and opinions on this.

    goo.gl/rohA72

    It discusses the UN Resolution that practically very Pakistani points, but none seem to have read.

    I've got a PDF of the resolution copy if any of you want to read it. Drop me a mail and I'll send it to you hybridin [at] gmail.com.


    #JaiHind
     
  19. aliyah

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    yes earlier we were ready for loc as international border but now.....nop we have strong leadership, so now we want full Kashmir n Baluchistan n sindh too :))
     
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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    Neither did I find anything grand about the "plan"
    unless Namo is doing diplomatic talk

    the only way forward is to decide to have "spine", otherwise known as . . . . . and build one garrison town after another

    town by town gradually and link them, filling them with Hindu and Christin pundits who will now live in civilised safety
    Those others who co-operate will not be discriminated and be given the same access to university and jobs

    Those who choose not to cooperate can do their thing on the other side of the LOc

    It is as SIMPLE as that! . . - -now, who has the guts to implement my grand plan ?

    yes you are correct We need leaders with guts

    Because we Indians already have the BRAINS
    incorruptible leaders with firm polices
     
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    Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted to win a Nobel peace Prize. MMS wanted to ensure good life for his kith and kin settled in the US. That creates a lot of difference between the approach of Modi and his predecessors on Kashmir issue.
     

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