There is certainly the need for the two countries to reach out to each other and pull the situation back from the brink. With dialogue already suspended and tensions rising high, India and Pakistan can ill-afford to let the ongoing border skirmishes go on unchecked
The only way to pull back from the brink is to seriously engage in dialogue and find a way out as already made clear by the foreign minister S Jaishankar. A war between two Asian giants will be disastrous for not only for them but for the entire region.
The only way that the current destabilizing situation can be effectively tackled is for the regional powers including India and Pakistan to cooperate and find a comprehensive solution to the issues divid-ing them.
Government will need to display some ingenuity to keep the number of new Covid-19 cases at a manageable level. And what’s more important, ensure that the economy is not halted further.
The long term solution to the recurrent border tension with the communist giant is to engage in a meaningful dialogue to delineate the unresolved border. This alone will be a guarantee for a durable peace between the two countries.
The disruption of the religious events like Muharram prevents people in Kashmir from practising their faith which in turn engenders anger against government, a source of violence. It is Government’s responsibility not only allow but facilitate Muharram processions.
In hindsight, it should be clear to the government that the lockdowns have not helped. Either the lockdown was not inherently helpful a measure in addressing the outbreak of the contagion or the tool was badly handled.
Going forward, it looks unlikely that the ties with Pakistan and China can be improved anytime soon. ?What is more, New Delhi has also suffered reverses in its relations with Nepal and Bangladesh. But it is the relationship with Pakistan and China that is of critical importance to India.
There is hope in the way the local politics is tentatively hurtling to the foreground again. This is needed to fill in the political vacuum that has developed in the region over the last year.
In the present circumstances, Congress doesn’t boost of many a mass leader -albeit, there are many senior politicians who can be worthy successors to Gandhi.