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Why Fear People's Choice?

Despite reservations about the jurisdiction and value of plebiscites, the author argues that the only way for India to get out of the current stalemate on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is to grab the bull by the horns and stop fighting a defensive battle on the issue of plebiscite. Instead of being blackmailed and terrorised at being reminded of this reneged commitment, India should be actively working towards a carefully redefined plebiscite.

Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures between India and Pakistan

What nuclear risk reduction measures between India and Pakistan cannot do - they are never a substitute for nuclear disarmament - and what they can do, that is, the dangers they can attempt to address.

Retelling History

Pangs of Partition, Volume I: The Parting of Ways, and Volume II: The Human Dimension edited by S Settar and Indira Baptista Gupta; Indian Council of Historical Research, Manohar, New Delhi, 2002; pp 368+358, Rs 700 each.

Peace in South Asia

For better India-Pakistan relations, of which Kashmir is undoubtedly a critical component, and peace in South Asia, good intentions are no substitute for intimate knowledge of the ground realities. The case of Stephen Cohen's 'Moving Forward in South Asia'.

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?


It would be easy to be dismissive about the current attempts at normalising relations between the India and Pakistan. For after all this will be seventh time in 50-odd years that the two states have seen the need for a summit. Each has come on a wave of high hope of ushering in an era of friendship and each has remained another document of intent. Even the Shimla accord failed to lay concrete groundwork for cementing relations, although it remained viable for most of 18 years. It is hardly surprising that the hopes for the July 15 summit are a trifle desperate and ring hollow.

India-Pakistan: Cultural Contexts

A dialogue is only possible if the historical and cultural variety in the two geographically diverse entities are taken into account.

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