Scoring Self-Goals with Pakistan

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
We have decided to resume the so-called composite dialogue with Pakistan, without admitting as much. Why not be frank about the change in our position? Why resort to word play to obfuscate? If we are going to discuss counter-terrorism, peace and secu
Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir–Deciphering Islamabad’s Signals

Indranil Banerjie
The message from Islamabad is gaining in decibel: the Generals want New Delhi to initiate talks with them on Kashmir. The latest in a string of couriers was former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, who urged Dr Manmohan Singh to trave
Jammu & Kashmir

J&K: Need For a Bipartisan Consensus

Major Gen. G. D. Baxi
The full might of the Indian Republic was on display on this 26th January. No, not just in the Republic Day Parade but even more prominently at Lal Chowk in Srinagar! The BJPs plan to hoist the Tricolour in Srinagar was torpedoed by the central and S
Jammu & Kashmir

Soft State Style Won’t Work In J&K

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
The turmoil in Kashmir continues and government’s nerve seems to be cracking. Curfews, police firings, dying protesters have not broken the momentum of the street protests. Pressure to find a “political” solution to the problem has increased, a
Jammu & Kashmir

Lose-Lose Situation

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
The Jammu and Kashmir problem has blighted our existence since independence, draining us politically, diplomatically and militarily. Who should be blamed for this depressing balance sheet and in what measure? The actors have been Pakistan, India and
Jammu & Kashmir

Getting ‘Stoned’ by the Stones

Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow, VIF (2010 -2017)
Since June, the stone-pelting in Kashmir seems to have left the Indian establishment stupefied. The government, both in the state and at the centre, has been reduced to a state of paralysis, almost as though they have been ‘stoned’ by the stones.
Jammu & Kashmir

India is the Bigger Victim

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
The Jammu and Kashmir problem has imposed heavy political, diplomatic and military costs on India for the last 63 years. It has excessively conditioned our external relations, with much of our diplomacy occupied over the years with explaining to othe
Jammu & Kashmir

Prime Minister’s Visit to J&K : June 7-8, 2010

C D Sahay, Center Head & Senior Fellow, Neighbourhood Studies and Internal Security Studies, VIF
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s two day (June 7/8, 2010) visit to Srinagar is being generally described as rather uneventful. In UPA-II avatar, this was his second visit to the state, the earlier one being in October 2009. It may be mentioned
Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies

Only unsettled Issue is Continued Occupation

Ajit Doval, KC - Former Director, VIF

THE ENEMIES, both within and without, use bullets and bombs, not to kill people. They are collateral damages. The real objective is to subdue the enemy by breaking its will and dictating its terms of peace.

National will is the most vital

Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies

Bleeding From Within

Ajit Doval, KC - Former Director, VIF

The country’s internal security environment, which suffered steady deterioration during UPA’s earlier five-year rule, continues to remain a cause of serious concern. Now that the government is no more fettered by pulls and pressures of coaliti

Terrorism, Leftwing Extremism, Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies