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Issue, Dispute and the Word

The Agra summit had its share of word-play which would have delighted a Panini's or Hegel's heart.

Agra vs Kashmir

Questions like the free movement of people in the two Kashmirs, disengagement of armed forces along the LoC, withdrawal of security forces in the Valley, termination of Pakistani support to armed groups, found no place in the agenda of the Agra summit. How, without addressing the real problems of the people in the region, can the two governments ever hope to move towards a resolution of tensions?

BJP: Without Direction

If indeed the BJP had held back its full approval for the prime minister’s invitation to Pakistan’s president Musharraf and for the Agra summit, there was little evidence of self-congratulation over the failure of the summit at the national executive meeting of the party. However, the resolution on the matter typically displayed no hesitancy about apportioning blame and there appears to have been some satisfaction about having ‘done our best’. Whether this nonchalance is sufficient backing for future forays into India-Pakistan parleys, remains to be seen.

Lessons from Agra

After the trumpets and the fanfare has come the mournful dirge lamenting the ‘failure’ of the India-Pakistan summit at Agra. An expected reaction perhaps, but a trifle hasty. For after all, it would seem that the summit floundered on two old issues, cross border terrorism and the centrality of a resolution on Kashmir to the mitigation of IndiaPakistan tensions. Given this it is hard to see why there is such a desperate urgency about issuing a final report card on the summit. Surely, the two days of president Musharaff’s visit were not expected to unravel the many snags and snarls in the fabric of India-Pakistan relationship? Then again, in the light of the history of other high-level meetings between the two countries, the success or failure of a summit can only be reckoned by what happens afterwards. And in that sense surely it is too early to issue a report card on Agra?

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