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Kashmir: Should India do a Russia? August 26, 2008

Posted by mindscout in India.
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The long put-on-slow-burner Kashmir issue is put on a higher flame now as violence and protests have errupted in this disputed region. This time the young kashmiri blood has given a cry for freedom from India. 

It all started over a dispute for some piece of land which the politicians exploited. The youth of kashmir, mainly without any significant employment got entangled in this and soon took to streets.

India thinks this happening on the eve of Musharraf’s resignation might not be mere coincidence with Musharraf allies in ISI stoking this fire to send home a message for Mush’s importance to Pakistan.

Indian security forces have put much of Kashmiri Hurriyat leadership in jail as the tension keep up the pace. This might not last long as history has shown.

India should share some blame over this event. The political turmoil in Pakistan and India’s dependence on Pakistan to solve Kashmir issue created some vaccumm in Kashmir. India should have taken advantage of situation in Pakistan to gain more control in Kashmir by being tough and sqaushing any unrest. Pakistanis were too busy sorting out their internal bickerings and getting Mush fired.

India should take a leaf out of Russian playbook here and act tough with Kashmiris. The indepdence of Kashmir is never going to happen and India should never allow it. Hell, Indepedent Kashmir is not good for kashmiris themselves as they would not be able to govern their country without any infrastucture, industry or economy. Pakistan, China and India would still be fighting by making a pawn of Kashmir thus adding to agony of Kashmiri Junta.

As Russia has shown by acting tough against Georgia, the international sentiment is often short-lived. Countries do need to take tough stances for their own interests. As it is US is too busy with its own problems in Iraq, Afganistan and Iran.

India is close to sealing  the Nuclear deal with US and US is none too happy with Pakistan with their lack of cooperation for fighting Taliban. Should India decide to act tough in Kashmir , it is very much palletable action which could be justified with US.

But when there is a incompetent cook in the kitchen then how can you blame the curry? Indian leaders have never shown they have guts to defend their own territory or airplanes (Did you forget the Afgan kidnapping?).

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