GOOD NEWS IN KASHMIR
During my vacation (that is the reason I have not been keeping up with the blog recently)I did have a chance to read Mansoor Ijaz's December 30th Financial Times article entitled"A perfect Moment to Secure Peace in Kashmir". I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the reasons for the recent progress in India/Pakistani relations described here.
Most interesting is the deal Musharraf made with the elected Islamist members of the legislature. They agreed to legitimize his presidentcy and he agreed to ceed some of his power. Why the compromize? Because they all wish to get reelected. Democracy works. It also forces electe officials to pay attention to their people.
Peace and stability are essential to economic progress. So, Musharraf with the the apparent agreement of elected Islamists (and the horor of the unelected ones) announced that he may drop Pakistan's over half century demand for a referendum in Kashmir. American pressure is important but so was China's cooperation.
Let's not forget that Vajpayee took a page from Nixon's playbook and began his moves to improve his relations with Pakistan by cutting a deal with Beijing, Pakistan's other big brother.
Vajpayee is also building a fence along Kashmir's line of control. He is lucky to have plenty of land so he can build the fence five kilometers within's India's line. Size does matter.
This development is good for everybody except Islamist who oppose giving up any inch of territory once ruled by Moslems.
comments powered by Disqus
- The National Security Agency's own history of tracking of U.S. Citizens is flawed
- Before Trump vs. the NFL, there was Jackie Robinson vs. JFK
- Saudi Textbook Withdrawn Over Image of Yoda With King
- Israelis are celebrating the Kurds’ bid for independence
- Wall Street Journal study finds that rural youths who enlisted after 9/11 shouldered the greatest burden for the nation’s defense
- Jelani Cobb unloads on Trump’s double standard of patriotism in the New Yorker
- Lonnie Bunch is astonished the African-American History Museum has become a pilgrimage site so fast
- Nancy Isenberg says what Americans think is exceptional about them is that they erased class distinctions
- Niall Ferguson’s new book is a warning about the pernicious threat of networks
- Yale history department now emphasizing global history in undergraduate courses