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Title: Jammu & Kashmir: India's Objectives and Strategies
Author(s): Chandran, D. Suba
Subject(s): Jammu and Kashmir -- Conflict Jammu and Kashmir -- India -- Policy
Abstract: What are the major issues in India’s policies and strategies vis-à-vis the conflict in Kashmir (between New Delhi and the various communities in the Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh regions) and the conflict of Kashmir (between India and Pakistan)? Though India’s policies towards both these conflicts have been criticized as ad hoc and reactive, in retrospect it appears New Delhi has been clear on what it wants regarding both conflicts. Externally with Pakistan, New Delhi wants to convert the Line of Control into an international border and make the status quo permanent. Internally, it wants to keep the demands for independence under control, aiming to win the Kashmiris psychologically and emotionally by integrating the political elite into the mainstream. The strategies that New Delhi has adopted to secure these policies may have different guises, but the policies on these two broader issues have remained constant. In this article, these policies and the strategies adopted to secure them are critiqued before commenting on the contemporary situation and making conclusions about the road ahead.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: D. Suba Chandran, "Jammu & Kashmir: India's Objectives and Strategies," Swords and Ploughshares, vol. XVI, no. 1 (winter 2007-8), pp. 4-7. Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Series/Report: Swords and Ploughshares, winter 2007-8
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/15466
ISSN: 1046-7734
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-05-11
 

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