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Central Transfers : Dubious Decisions

NO quarters ought to be given to any illusion. Atal Behari Vajpaee and his comrades will, of course, try to derive the maximum electoral advantage from the claimed outcome of Operation Vijay. The Pakistan retreat however is not attributable to the valour of Indian jawans backed up by superior firepower. It was arm-twisting by the US president which compelled the Pakistan authorities to accept the ground reality in Kashmir. The Indian triumph, if that is described as the denouement in Kargil, is a gift from the Americans. Does it not therefore follow that, notwithstanding the oral bravado on the part of Indian mandarins, the Kashmir issue is already internationalised and there can be no going back from the position for either India or Pakistan. On the present occasion Pakistan would appear to have been made to eat the humble pie. But there may well be a circumstance in the not-too distant future when, should there be a fresh flare-up along or around the line of control, the American administration could well choose to give India a dressing down and order the withdrawal of her troops from certain positions. Our leaders would hardly dare not to comply with the order.

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