Sustained protest and unrest in the valley for almost a month and sparks visible in Jammu region too, is becoming worrisome. UNO, a few days back, has turned down Pakistan’s appeal for intervention in Kashmir, citing that being a bilateral issue, puts India at a better pedestal, thus India needs to take suitable and decisive actions to crush Pakistan’s nefarious designs.
India aspires to be a superpower and superpowers don’t just give away an integral piece of their land just because their neighbor is throwing a tantrum.
From a strategic point of view, the mountains of Kashmir act as natural barriers to any invading army. Keeping control of those peaks are crucial to India’s national safety. Pakistani army took control of one of these peaks (Tiger Hill) during the Kargil War. Indian soldiers went on heavy assault to win it back, because of its strategic importance as with all the natural barriers removed the Pakistan army then has a clear run into internal parts of India.
It is a myth that “Kashmiris are willing to go with Pakistan”. We have been following J&K people’s sentiments for years now. Yes, they are not totally happy with Indian government’s treatment towards them, but still they don’t want to be a part of Pakistan as well. If anything, they want a separate country for themselves.
Becoming a separate country is the worst option for Kashmir. If Kashmir is ever declared a nation of its own, within seconds of removal of Indian army from Kashmir, the Pakistani Army will attack and try to conquer that land (similar to 1947-48) and Kashmir will have no chance. Hypothetically if Paskistan takes over, Kashmir will eventually become a further breeding ground for extremist Jihadi groups.
For the sake of an argument, if Pakistan doesn’t do that, Kashmir will be a country surrounded by three nuclear powers and that is quite a precarious position to be in. In terms of resources, Kashmir will be low on capital and infrastructure, even no industries thriving either.
Pakistan’s unscrupulous cronies are foul mouthing of using nuclear bombs against India. The lives that are being lost every day in the valley, solely the onus lies on Pakistan, who is inciting the young people, training them, supplying arms and pumping money.
Pakistan’s misadventures need to be nipped in the bud at the border itself with an iron hand and we should always remember that Kashmir is an integral part of India.
By Ashok Bhatia
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