India-Pakistan Relations

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  • Pakistan’s Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship

    Pakistan’s Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship

    The recent heavy firing by the Pakistani army is to gain public sympathy and providing it greater flexibility in the flawed civil-military relations. It is an orchestrated plan to provoke India believing that it can take such a risk of escalation in the back drop of its effective nuclear capability.

    October 10, 2014

    Why India is getting Wagah all wrong

    Why India is getting Wagah all wrong

    The Wagah incident is not going to wake-up Pakistan to the existential threat posed by jihadist terror groups. There is neither going to be any change in its attitude towards using terrorism as an instrument of state policy, nor its inimical attitude towards India.

    November 05, 2014

    Let’s Partition SAARC

    Let’s Partition SAARC

    The time has perhaps come to restructure, even partition, SAARC to make it more effective. This is something that might also be required to be done in the likely event that Pakistan fosters the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    November 28, 2014

    State versus Nations in Pakistan: Sindhi, Baloch and Pakhtun Responses to Nation Building

    State versus Nations in Pakistan: Sindhi, Baloch and Pakhtun Responses to Nation Building

    The present monograph traces the origins of the Pakistani state and the processes that encouraged the state-sponsored efforts to build a Pakistani nation, and seeks to isolate various problems associated with such nation-building efforts.


    Prabhavit Dobhal asked: How to describe the meaning of the term ‘strategic’ in international politics, for e.g., strategic importance of water in India-Pakistan relations?

    Namrata Goswami replies: The term strategic in international politics embodies interest based priorities, which has short, medium and long-term implications for a country. Strategic could include a region (geopolitics) which embodies the connection of power to geography, and the means to forward a particular interest of a country. Strategic could also embody issues which either forwards or threatens the national security of a state, for instance, dispute over water, terrorism, environmental issues, cyber attacks, energy crisis, etc.

    Rescue Pakistan chorus is back again

    Before India once again goes down the path of wondering how it can rescue Pakistan from itself, some home truths about Pakistan – the state and society – need to be understood. The single most important home truth is that Pakistan's hatred for India far outweighs any fear or concern or even loathing it may have about the terrorism and extremism that the Taliban have come to stand for.

    June 18, 2014

    The new Indian government and parleys with Pakistan

    While Nawaz Sharif was careful not to publicly bring up the Kashmir issue, it does not necessarily portend any change in policy. It remains to be seen whether Sharif will be able to cash in on the conciliatory gesture of Prime Minister Modi and assert his own priority of improving relations with India vis-a-vis the hostile elements within his country.

    May 28, 2014

    Indo-Pak relations: Fresh dawn or false start?

    Invitation to the SAARC leader to attend Prime Minister-elect’s swearing in ceremony has electrified diplomatic atmosphere in South Asia. In this context Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit and his scheduled meeting with the Indian Prime Minister has generated a lot of interest. Given the strong mandate, Mr. Modi is in a strong position to put his stamp on the further evolution of Indo-Pakistan relations right from the beginning of his tenure.

    May 25, 2014

    Issues in the Management of the India–Pakistan International Border

    A discordant political relationship, three and a half wars and Pakistan’s material support for secessionist militants in the border states of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir compelled India to harden its international border with Pakistan. An inward-looking economy and the absence of an imperative for regional economic integration also resulted in restricted movement of people and goods across the border. However, in the past decade or so, an emergent Indian economy coupled with both countries’ desire to engage themselves constructively have paved the way for softening the border.

    May 2014

    Realism Not Romanticism Should Dictate India’s Pakistan Policy

    The next government in Delhi must be open to the idea of grabbing a good deal if one is on offer. But there is no reason for India to go overboard in trying to seal a deal. In other words, if Pakistan desires parity with India, it should not expect ‘magnanimity’ from India, and if it expects ‘magnanimity’, then it should not insist on parity.

    January 30, 2014