Indian strategy in reality, dual policy with neighbours | By Lt Cdr Kamran Hashmi (R)

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Indian strategy in reality, dual policy with neighbours

INDIAN strategy revolves around the philosophy of hypocrisy, a narrow-minded approach, conspiring against neighbours, false propaganda, etc.

The founder of Pakistan Mr.Muhammad Ali Jinnah, understood the mentality of Hindus, that’s why he demanded a separate country so that Muslims can live peacefully and not be ruled by Hindus even he refused to be the first Governor-General of India.

When historians will write the era of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they will be ashamed as previously India represented a secular country, but this image has been tarnished by the bigoted policies of PM Modi.

In his regime, India became a country of Hindus only.Neither Muslims nor Sikhs nor Christians are safe now.

On 9 Aug 2021 PM Modi chaired a debate on ‘Enhancing Maritime Security: a case for international cooperation at UNSC.

Indian PM proposed five principles for enhancing maritime cooperation, and I will analyze his second principle.

2nd Principle. Focused on the importance of peacefully resolving Maritime disputes.International law promote mutual trust, confidence and ensure global peace and stability.

India-Pakistan sea boundary has been settled by all neighbours except each other due to the stubborn policies of India.

The dispute is the demarcation of boundaries along Sir Creek, a tidal estuary that exists on the border of India and Pakistan (Gujarat state and Sindh Province).

Pakistan claims the agreement signed in 1914 between the Government of Sindh and Rao Maharaj of Kutch, the Sir Creek issue was solved, but India refused.

Though the creek has little military value both countries want to have a big chunk of Sir Creek due to expected oil and gas presence.

So far 12 rounds of talk happened between Pakistan and India from 1968 – to 2012 without any agreement.

If we stop negotiating, how can we find a solution? India and Bangladesh sea boundaries were settled in 2014 by a tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague.

The sea boundaries with neighbouring countries —the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia — were resolved between 1974 and 1978.

Let us examine how India’s efforts promote mutual trust, confidence and global peace and stability in the region in reality.

Recently Bangladesh has seen rising anti-India sentiments among its citizens due to the Indian government’s perceived anti-Muslim and anti-Bangladeshi activities like India’s interference in Bangladeshi politics, killing of Bangladeshis by Indian Security Forces, Citizenship Amendment Act, the rise of Hindutva in India.

In Sri Lanka, India, through its intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), provided arms, training, and monetary support to six Sri Lankan Tamil insurgent groups including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to initiate civil war in 1983-2009.

Myanmar and Indian relations suffered as India blamed Myanmar for providing arms to insurgent groups in North-Eastern states.

There are 135 movements of separation in India, especially its North-East states, which India is suppressing by its forces

Pakistan and India’s relations were never cordial due to the inflexible Indian attitude.On 5 August 2019, the Indian government revocated the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 (which gives special status to Jammu and the Kashmir people) through a Presidential Order and made the entire Constitution of India applicable to the state.

This implied that Article 35-A stood abolished.Ever since the curfew has been imposed, no internet or mobile telephone and a lot of atrocities were committed by Indian forces, thousands of Kashmiri people were martyred by Indian forces.

As per Amnesty International USA and Genocide Watch, leading global human rights watchdogs recent report, Indian PM Modi’s Islamophobic policies and tolerance of open incitement by Hindu extremists for the genocide of Muslims are pushing India towards mass violence against and massacres of Muslims.This is a move to convert Kashmiri people into minority by migrating Hindus into Kashmir.

Due to the Indian attitude, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a dead horse, cooperation between SAARC countries could not be prospered as planned.

The head of the state conference could not be held in Islamabad in 2016 because India boycotted.

India also stops Pakistan membership in Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).India and Pakistan relations are at the lowest ebb after PM Modi assumed power.

In 2008 Taj Mahal Hotel attack in Mumbai or the 2019 Pulwama incident was planned by India to blame Pakistan for the insurgency.

In 2019 an Indian Mig 21 was shot down by Pakistan F 16 when it entered Pakistan territory.

Though Pakistan release the pilot.On the other hand, Pakistan arrested a serving Indian Naval Officer Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav in 2016 involved in terrorist activities in the Pakistan province of Balochistan to slow down the process of CPEC.

Indian media is also hostile against Pakistan and always portrays a negative image of Pakistan contrary to Pakistan media.

India does not enjoy cordial relations with neighbouring countries.India is involved in terrorist activities, destabilizing the government, imposing its agenda.The regional countries do not trust India to have a leadership role.

Due to the economic interests in India, atrocities committed are being ignored by major powers of the world.

The statement at UNSC by PM Modi is false propaganda of India to show the rest of the world that he wants to solve disputes peacefully but, it is not.

—The writer is associated with the National Institute of Maritime Affairs.

The views expressed are his own.

 

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