Kashmir, Afghanistan, Indo-Pak dialog, Naxal insurgency and Bharat bandh.
Your weekly link digest:
- The making of Srinagar’s teenage martyrs: Praveen Swami on the rioting in Kashmir and what the administration must do to address macro issues in the state.
- It is time to be realistic about Kashmir: Vir Sanghvi opines on the ongoing violence in Kashmir in the larger context of India-Pakistan peace talks. (h/t @pragmatic_d)
- Pakistan-India uninterrupted and uninterruptable dialogue, impossible: Smita Prakash on the on-going India-Pakistan dialog and terrorism. Are there irreconcilable differences that cannot be addressed by insulating dialog with an impotent civilian administration from terror perpetrated by the MJC?
- Analysts: Postwar Afghan political landscape unclear: Dr. David Kilcullen asserts that India’s “increasingly assertive bids” to exert influence in Afghanistan has made Pakistan “very nervous.” Also see my INI colleague Dhruva Jaishankar’s response to the interview.
- Push into Naxal territory: IAF plans to build a new airbase in Chhattisgarh in the event that a larger role for the air force is envisaged to counter the Naxal insurgency. But given the nature of the conflict, where is the need for an 8 sq. km. air base which would include 3,500 yards of runway?
- Protest, softly: Pratap Bhanu Mehta asks what role social protests such as “Bharat bandh” serve in today’s India in addressing very legitimate grievances.
- The return of the Ottoman: Some shameless self-promotion. My piece on Turkey’s reorientation post l’incident flottile and how this impacts India and the subcontinent.