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India's Fresh Challenge On Kashmir: Engage With Donald Trump But Without Opening Another Front

Donald Trump has once again offered to mediate the Kashmir issue. The challenge before India is to deal with Trump’s renewed offer to negotiate while trying to avoid diplomatic unpleasantness.

India's Fresh Challenge On Kashmir: Engage With Donald Trump But Without Opening Another Front
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India's Fresh Challenge On Kashmir: Engage With Donald Trump But Without Opening Another Front
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2019-08-23T15:42:44+05:30

It was an artillery barrage from a sector that had quietened down. At a time when India was busy fighting a diplomatic battle against China and Pakistan’s joint effort to ‘internationalise’ Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, the lik­e­lihood of a fresh diplomatic salvo com­ing its way from the United States was perh­aps not anticipated by policy planners.

The projectile is in the shape of a controversial description of the Kashmir dispute by President Donald Trump and with his renewed offer to mediate in India-Pakistan relations. Over the coming weeks, South Block mandarins will rack their brains over how to continue New Delhi’s engagement with Wash­ington without opening another front.

On August 21, the perennially unpredictable Trump stoked South Asia’s roiling volatility while speaking to newsmen in Washington, describing India-Paki­stan hostilities and their dispute over Kashmir as a “Hindu-Muslim” religious issue that has created an...

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