No forward movement on Kashmir

H K. DUA’s article,Waiting for peace: The dialogue has gone into slow motion (July 7) puts the whole matter regarding Kashmir problem in the right perspective. There are strong reasons that preclude any forward movement in the direction of the Kashmir problem’s settlement today.

The resolution of any boundary dispute requires sustained negotiations for years together by motivated leaders on both sides, that too, under conditions of peace and political stability, and the presence of a national consensus. That was how the Northern Ireland dispute and the Chile-Argentine border dispute were resolved.

With the elections round the corner and Pakistan President General Musharraf keeping too busy in tackling lawyers, fundamentalists and political parties, it seems that the dialogue itself has become irrelevant today rather than the borders.

Dr C. SHEKHAR KHARE, Kurukshetra



Pakistan has been trying to annex Kashmir by hook or by crook. International terrorist outfits have been hired to bleed India in to confession that Kashmir is a disputed territory. Our sovereignty over Kashmir is being challenged. Opening of new routes to Pak-Occupied Kashmir and other measures won’t help until Pakistan agrees for status quo on Kashmir. Kashmir can’t be handed over to Pakistan by making it an autonomous state.

India has no plan to save Kashmir. Concessions, trade relations, new routes and cultural relations are not going to solve the Kashmir issue. India should spell out something concrete about Kashmir and it should not deviate from it. The progress we have achieved so far may be undone if General Musharraf loses power.

Kashmir is an integral part of India like any other state in the Indian Union and there should be no compromise with Pakistan on this issue.



Though the heads of both India and Pakistan want to achieve something tangible, they don’t have the necessary mandate “for redrawing the boundaries”. Moreover, historically speaking, perhaps with the exception of demolition of the German Wall, no boundary dispute has ever been settled permanently by peace process; peace process acts only as a catalyst for diffusing the problem for the time being.

There is no solution in sight of the Kashmir problem as the ISI in Pakistan is not only abetting the actions of the terrorists but also fueling their activities by providing shelter and economic assistance.



People on both sides of the divide are made to wait for peace due to political compulsions of both countries’ leadership. In this slow down of the peace process, the Pakistani leadership is mainly at fault. People were indeed happy when the earlier peace process was on the fast track and people-to-people contacts were restored with the hope that borders may become irrelevant with the passage of time.

Perhaps, the Pakistani leadership was unable to appreciate such fast-moving friendly relations between the people of both countries. It may have thought that good relations could threaten them and thus threw a spanner into the peace efforts. Let us hope that the peace process would be put on the fast track again.



The Kashmir problem has been hanging fire for over 60 years. For all purposes, Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris. An autonomous Kashmir is the need of the hour. Any constructive proposal to end the stalemate would have to bear this point in mind. Autonomy to Kashmir is the only way out to restore peace and normalcy in this region.

SUNDER SINGH GIANI, Dialpura (Mohali)

Helpline, Reliance style

I have a Reliance broadband connection. One evening, my line was suddenly disconnected and could not be connected again. For a matter of hours, the network was down.

I called the helpline to ask when things would return to normal. Obviously, the staffer on duty did not know what was wrong, because he began the routine of “Reset modem -- ipconfig/all,” etc.

Also clear was his ignorance of Linux. When I said that he should simply answer my question and that I did not propose to log out and boot into Windows, he declared, “If you do not co-operate, I cannot help.” Reliance employees are ignorant and they seem unable to measure up to their task.


Psychology ignored

For the last five years, the Punjab Education Department has been inviting government teachers many times to apply for promotions from the Master to the Lecturer cadre in various subjects. However, the subject of psychology is always ignored even though this is very useful for students in the 17-18 age group. Basic knowledge of psychology will help reduce tension which is the root cause of social and mental disturbance.

To popularise this subject at +2 levels, the government should promote the existing teachers, who are post-graduates in psychology. This will give a fillip to the teachers.

VIJAY KUMAR, Dhariwal (Gurdaspur)

Birthday sapling

As the Principal of the Army School, I had introduced the practice of planting a sapling on the birthday of each student. After morning assembly, the concerned student and his classmates plant a sapling and celebrate the birthday.

The sapling planted was named after the student who used to look after its growth. Over a period of time, the school campus has a number of trees which added to the greenery of the area. This practice can be emulated elsewhere too to reduce global warming to some extent.

Lt-Col KULDIP DOSANJH (retd), Jalandhar



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