The Kashmir problem is not a problem: The Real Problem is Pakistan,” by Arvind Dayal, The Acorn, http://opinion.paifamily.com/index.php?p=1261#more-1261, 19 February 2005.
The Acorn has an editorial against Pakistan. Not again Pakistani actions, or deeds, or interests — attacking the concept of the subcontinental Islamic Republic itself
â€œThe fault lies in ourselves, dear Brutus, not in our starsâ€â€¦.By now it should have been clear to us in India and especially to those who rule this country that there is only one solution to the Kashmir â€˜problemâ€™. But before that we need to understand that there is no Kashmir problem. If at all there are problems they are akin to perhaps, the Telengana â€˜problemâ€™, the Bihar â€˜problemâ€™ the Nagaland â€˜problemâ€™, no more and may be less. The real problem simply is Pakistan.
Peaceniks on both sides of the border cite the wonderful closeness of the peoples of India and Pakistan. Culturally, religion-wise, culinary habits, ties of blood, even the potatoes in the mandis. What, then, could be better than to cement these ties permanently? Ergo, the only solution of the Pakistan problem is the dismantling of the State of Pakistan, that is, the reunification with India of the provinces of Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab, NWFP and the â€˜tribalâ€™ areas. The end to a blighted, bloody and irresponsible experiment foisted upon us by the hurriedly exiting British. No doubt aided and abetted by our early leaders, naÃ¯ve and unlettered as they were in statecraft, and the urgent agenda of a dying Mohammed Ali Jinnah seeking political immortality.
With the above as a backdrop India must not be misguided into entering into any more fruitless dialogue with Pakistan. Shimla, Lahore, Agra, and back to Shimla, and then perhaps Islamabad? These dialogues are used by the Pakistani leadership merely to buy time and to squeeze more dollars out of the Americans. If the Americans are content to be conned itâ€™s their business, but for us in India, time means the further loss of lives. More Indians dead every week, every month, and every year. And money. Billions spent on arms and weaponry. Time and money, which could be used to improve the economic conditions of the people not only of Kashmir, but of the entire nation.
Pakistan has been less helpful than Iran in the GWOT twice over. First, the ISI must be considered a dysfunctional part of al Qaeda. Second, Pakistan fails a still more fundemental test: fraying rule sets. Pakistan falls steadily behind her sister India in globalization, and the corrupt education policies of Islamabad promise that this will continue for at least a generation.
The best way forward for east German was a united German. The best way forward with North Korea is a united Korea. The best way forward for Pakistan is a united India.