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Volume 1, No. 3 - August 2001

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To Resign Or Not To Resign
Editorial Team

That is a sixty four thousand dollar question. Prime Minister Vajpayee has put himself in a catch-22 situation. Just few days back, when asked whether the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had put pressure on him to desist from visiting Pakistan, Mr. Vajpayee said, "I don't succumb to any pressure." Now the question is: Should Mr. Vajpayee stick to his word and resign or should he buckle under the pressure from his fellow politicians from NDA and take back his offer to resign? In either case, he will be not living up to his word.

Now is that the kind of leadership we Indians ought to have?

It is Our Kashmir Too
Subodh Atal, Lalit Koul, Sunil Fotedar

The historical summit between India and Pakistan is an opportune time to reexamine Indian response to the Kashmir issue. Jammu and Kashmir was one of the princely states of British India whose accession to India has never been accepted by Pakistan, which supports a long-standing insurgency in the state.

While Pakistan settled millions of non-Kashmiris in parts of the territory that it occupied, India institutionalized Article 370, which prevents Indians from outside the state from settling in it, grants the state semi-autonomy, and confers on its Kashmiri Muslim leadership an unbridled hegemonic hold on the state.

Treating The Symptom?
Subodh Atal, Lalit Koul, Sunil Fotedar

The Agra summit is now thankfully over and part of history. The Indian government's comments have been instructive: while some officials have described the summit as being a start of a process (and even the start of a "caravan of peace") that needs to be continued, other officials have made it clear to Pakistan that there are no threads to be picked up from the summit and future talks would need to revert to the Simla and Lahore agreements. The Indian media also has recognized the futility of the summit and has laid much of the blame on Pakistan's single-minded focus on Jammu and Kashmir.

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