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Hello everyone. It seems there is much hostility as well as much
admiration towards foreign entities (like government structure) on this
discussion forum. This is a good thing. So here I am to defend my
argument earlier that now is a better time than ever before to try and
resolve the Kashmir issue.

> Can you spell out possible "agreements" between India and Pakistan on
> Kashmir? As far as I see these are the only options for India :
> 1. Give Kashmir to Pakistan in which case they will start going after
> some other Indian state. They will also eliminate the remaining
> Hindus and Buddhists in J&K.
> 2. Divide Kashmir on religious lines and handover muslim dominated
> to Pak. This will be a repeat of partition tragedy. And again pak will

> start going after some other state.
> 3. Declare J&K as an Independent country. Is this practically
> Pak claims that PoK is  "Independent Kashmir". That is their idea of
> freedom for Kashmiris. Does any one in the world agree to this claim?

Hmm, I actually think there are more alternatives than the three you
mentioned. All of your alternatives are based on the assumption that
Pakistan will make absolutely no concessions, and that a troubled
Kashmir is in fact in the best interest of the Pakistani people and
government. Further, your assumption is that a troubled India is the
primary goal of Pakistan. Certainly I have no hard evidence to prove
you wrong. But have you once, just once, considered that it might
actually be possible for India and Pakistan to have friendly relations?
Never mind how, but just consider whether it might actually be
something that can exist. Now, once you consider that, all that
needs to be done is a good and continued effort to achieve that
goal. India has made good efforts in the past, and some very bad
efforts as well. More recently, India has made no effort at all. This is

what I have been objecting to. Declining opportunities to meet and
discuss the issue is not the way resolve a dispute. So, now if you
reconsider your position and believe that Pakistan might also make
concessions (they didn't in the past with Nehru, but that was a
different regime) in the interest of resolving the dispute, a wealth
of new possibilities for resolving the Kashmir issue open up. The
tough part in all of this is to think positive ;) Both countries have a
lot to gain by taking a positive attitude towards Kashmir. Not a
negative one as is symbolized by the refusal to attend talks.

> Will pak accept anything less than the whole Kashmir? Does Indian
> need trouble in kashmir to sustain itself or is it the Pakistani govt.

> which needs to keep Kashmir boiling? Kashmir is hardly an issue during

> elections in India but for every Pak. govt. Kashmir is the issue to
> up voters passions(In the rare event of elections being held).
> is a terrorist state which denies its own citizens voting rights and
> then "morally supports" other peoples fight for their rights. Why
> we accept this?
> Why do we need to presume that what ever Indian govt. did in Kashmir
> wrong? Pakistan is only playing a dirty game which I feel will lead to

Why do we need to presume that the Indian Government is perfectly
righteous in all its dealings with the Kashmir issue? The wise thing to
do is assume that both sides have made mistakes. The challenge is to
accept those mistakes and move on towards making things better.
All that India and Pakistan have done over the last 50 years is point
fingers at the other side. It's like two little children who've been up
something naughty and blame the other kid for having started it. It's
time to grow up and fess up that something really really horrible has
occurred, and that there is a real and solid determination to make
amends. My comments about the Indian Government also apply to
the Pakistani Government. But to quote you, "Pakistan is only
playing a dirty game", so why should we sit back and watch? Why
not be more proactive in dialogue? What is there to lose by talking

> its own destruction. India just has to wait patiently till the fire
> started by Pakistan burns its own house.Yes, the price that we have to

> pay for freedom and national integrity is very high in terms of money
> and human life.

Very high in terms of money, yes. And historically many nations have
paid huge tolls in human life to preserve their freedom (e.g. both the
world wars). But the prevention of such huge sacrifices is why we
have international politics and diplomacy. Loss of human life needs to
be the absolute last resort in the resolution of disputes, not the
normal means of resolution. I refuse to believe that we are at that
stage with Pakistan. If the Jasmin Shah actually believes at least some
people in Kashmir are Indians as well, then I am appalled at her
concern for her fellow countrymen. It's the perfect spirit with
which to rebuild a new India. If you don't think they are Indians,
well then you should have no qualms about either of the above three
possibilities you offered for a resolution of the conflict. So why be
so negative about it?

Rahul Mittal

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