Smoking the Pakistani peace pipe

Shorn of all rhetoric, the bare truth is that there is no incentive for India to change the status quo on any bilateral issue with Pakistan. India is today not bogged down by a bilateral issue, whether it be Sir Creek, Siachen or even Kashmir, but by its own internal problems of declining economic growth and political ineptitude. In fact, the last two decades of ‘no-war, no-peace’ with Pakistan have coincided with highest rates of India’s economic growth, and its consequent rise in the global arena. Meanwhile, the ceasefire on the LoC has held for eight years, violence in Jammu & Kashmir is at its lowest and terror strikes in India have come down significantly in the last three years. It is in India’s interest to consolidate these gains while keeping a close watch on the situation in Pakistan.