The ideological imprudence and political short-sightedness of Indian leadership has never allowed it to win the hearts and minds of Kashmiris. Treating the Kashmiris with an iron fist would never complement Indian grand
strategy in the region and beyond. The human sufferings in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) would also continue to jeopardize India’s self-proclaimed world shining image. The Kashmir conflict has long begun to cease as a ‘mere territorial dispute’ between India and Pakistan given the strategic pattern of regional and international politics in the last few decades, large-scale western influence in the region, proxy wars, dynamics of alliances and coalitions within and beyond the region, and most importantly, the rise and spread of dissident elements in IHK with strong linkages elsewhere. Becoming well aware of these socio-political dynamics, New Delhi has lately realized the futility of any solution of Kashmir issue without taking into account the diverse political aspirations of Kashmiris living in the region. What is still missing in New Delhi’s policy vision, however, is her stiffness over not allowing a trilateral dialogue to break the impasse of political negotiations and finding a win-win solution on all three fronts, i.e.,
India, Pakistan, and Kashmir. The nature of India-Pakistan peace parleys and the strategic issues involved in them often fail to complement whatever New Delhi and Kashmiri leadership arrives at and vice versa. The peace process on Kashmir is a broad subject to be dealt with in a single study. This paper, therefore, limits itself to socio-political and military dynamics through which IHK has been passing during the past six decades, making it vulnerable to
communal wrangling just like the rest of India.
Disclaimer: INDIA-PAKISTAN CONFRONTATION: WHAT HAS CHANGED ABOUT INDIANHELD KASHMIR SINCE 1947? by ASMA YAQOOB∗ - Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not necessarily reflect Latheefarook.com point-of-view