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

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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?).

US wrong on Pakistan again March 4, 2008

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The US military has put forth a plan to train pakistani army new skills in counterinsurgency. The intent goes in sync with US’s outsourcing the war in afghanistan to Pakistan. 

The flip side to this plan is, the coy pakistanis are going to use the same skills for fighting with India in Kashmir region. They will continue to suck up billions of dollars of aid and free training till it suits their facade of war on terror. With no accountability burden on Pakistan to show results for all the investments till date, they are sitting very pretty. They (Pakistanis) will take all the free help they are getting.

India has to take cognizance of this development and take the issue with US administration. In the indian sub-continent, US keeps playing dual games by keeping very shirt-sighted goals in mind. On one hand it keeps feeding pakistan and on the other hand it hobnobs with India to counter China. US has to understand that every country has different priorities. Most trouble for India in recent years has been from Pakistan, with most recent has been the Kargil war.

US has to understand that its policies in the sub-continent can and does prove deadly sometimes for India and Pakistan. With more islamist-oriented government in Pakistan and Mushharraf’s days numbered; the strategy requires more careful consideration. The Pakistani nukes are still in vulnerables hands and those need to be taken care of.

Pakistan is the birthplace of terror. Pakistan is where the training camps are. Untill world gets this sorted out, I dont think, the war on terror can really be successfull.