Stalled Indo-Pak ties


Laden with escalated hostility and coercive diplomatic assertions the dynamics of Indo-Pak relations have become a nightmare for the proponents of perpetual peace ever since the Pulwama incident. No end in sight, the stalled bilateral ties between the two nuclear contending powers of South Asia not only paves a devious but also endangering the regional security architecture. The plausibility of peaceful rapprochement between two states has become bleak and in foreseeable future, it may inflict an unprecedented catastrophe that may shake the contours of peace and stability in the region. It can be argued that what are the proximate causes that pushed the two states towards the alarming point of hostile dynamics. Appraisal suggests that despite, Pakistan’s intent of peace resolve and engagement through confidence-building measures that Indian deceitful diplomatic and tactical maneuvering shattering the prospects of securing peace and stability. Ever since the Modi regime took power in India in the year 2014, the dynamics of ties between the two states downfallen drastically. Modi regime over the years propagated hostile configurations that left Pakistan with no options but to disengage the anticipation of composite dialogue with India. The root of deterioration of ties between two archenemies’ stems from the BJP led Modi regime that never considered the options of peaceful negotiations towards Islamabad. There various certain imperatives that Modi tends to score out of coercive policy towards Pakistan. Firstly, hostile configurations towards Islamabad allows the Modi regime to seek domestic political mileage. For instance, in Indian political culture anti-Pakistan rhetoric has become a normative element of electrical campaigns and it has greater acceptance in the right-wing communities, in particular the fanatic Hindus. Since BJP is an offshoot of RSS therefore it pursues the policy objectives that serve the interests of hardliner Hindus. Secondly, the Hindu community does not want another community of India to gain a comparative power or takeover the Hindu dominance in the foreseeable future. These growing resentments in the Indian political circles automatically push the anti-Pakistan narrative as a favorable choice to gain political mobilization. Secondly, in India, structural marginalization is drastically on the rise. The minorities are being suppressed through enforcing the malpractices of the draconian laws that predominantly leading to ethnic, ideological, and religious fragmentation. To further validate the narrative, there is 19 separatist movement that is currently ongoing in India and the ruling party seemingly found one combating solution that is to promote the saffronisation and chauvinist Hindutva Tendencies at large. Apart from those, domestic political compulsions the hostility with Pakistan allows the ruling regime to deflect the attention of the masses from their domestic constraints. As Indian is plugged with daunting domestic challenges ranging from political, social, and economical the antipathy towards Pakistan gives it a much-needed cushion through flaring up anti-Pakistan prejudice among the masses. Adding further, growing pro-Pakistan sentiments among the Sikh community in India and worldwide rises grave apprehensions among the Hindus in India. There is a simmering fear of collective revolt from both communities against the Hindu majority state, thus the Modi regime tends to draw certain dividing lines to ensure the Hindu status-Qu in aligned. Nevertheless, Pakistan played a masterstroke of the Kartarpur corridor initiative that ensued grave concerns for the Modi regime in India and it is persistently seeking options to subvert this growing noxious.

One of the core issues of disengagement of ties with Pakistan under the current regime is the Kashmir crisis. The BJP government has left unhealing scars on the Kashmiris during the last one half of a decade. The escalated violence has turned Kashmir into a graveyard empire encumbered with the blood of thousands of innocent Kashmiris. Modi government has taken certain assertive policy measures that have shirked the space of negotiations between the two states. False flag operations. Unprovoked shelling along the LOC has become the hallmark of assertive Modi ploys against Pakistan. Likewise, the structural marginalization through the Iron Fist approach has accounted for the revocation of article 370, followed by the revamped domicile law and controversial Citizenship Amended Act (CCA) broached the humanitarian crisis in Kashmir through malpractices of those noxious laws. Considering the aforementioned impediments that bilateral ties between two states remain uncertain and the prospect of reengagement remains subtle between two states.

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