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India: Border disputes

Peace talks again!

 

India needs to take stringent action against its neighbours
AMIR HOSSAIN | Issue Dated: November 30, -0001, New Delhi
Tags : LoC | Border disputes | Ceasefire violations | Indo-Pak ties |
 

The patience of India has been tested time and again by its two closest neighbours, Pakistan and China, over border issues. The recent attack on Indian soldiers by Pakistan, which left five Indian troopers dead, has turned Indians apoplectic over the government’s response and its ineffective diplomacy in dealing with Pakistan. But despite the recent debacle, Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh has taken the initiative to go for peace talks with the Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif next month. How far will that go and will it help reduce the simmering tension?

Defence Minister A. K. Antony notified the Lok Sabha on March 4, 2013, that “there have been 188 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir between 2010 to 2012.” Pakistan has violated the ceasefire 57 times this year itself. Consequently, “26 army men have been killed in attacks by the Pakistan Army along the LoC in last three years.” As has been the case with Pakistan, China too has also violated the Line of Actual Control more than 500 times since January 2010.

Astonishingly, despite such grave transgressions to its territorial integrity, India has never taken any an action to teach a lesson to both its neighbours. Rather, it has taken the easier route of smoking the peace pipe by conducting talks with both its neighbours. The country  has just completed the Fifth India-China Strategic Dialogue without any tangible outcome. And now it is waiting to go in for another round of anodyne dialogue with Pakistan.

A recent poll by the Times of India revealed that 81% people polled on the question “Should India call off peace talks with Pakistan?” voted against continuing talks with Pakistan. But the government seems to have endless patience for talks. One hopes that the patience lasts as long as the other side finally comes to see the folly of its own actions.

 

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