Dialogue still the only way

Escalation of conflict may suit powerful vested interests but is certainly not in the interest of the common people of India and Pakistan
The growing incidence of the violation of ceasefire along the LoC and international border along Jammu and Kashmir is certainly a cause of serious concern, though there should be no reason to be panicked, react in a knee jerk manner or raise war cries. These incidents, particularly the shelling targeting the civilians working in their fields are indeed most condemnable. But instead of getting provoked by such incidents, aimed at disrupting peace process, resorting to the usual counter-productive blame game or being jingoistic with slogans of “head for head” and “teaching a lesson” being raised by the politicians of various hues in a game of competitive chauvinism, the political leadership of the two countries must assert, putting aside the sabre rattling, and resume the snapped process of composite dialogue for resolving all their disputes including these ceasefire violations through peaceful, undisrupted and sustainable negotiations. Instead of talking at each other both New Delhi and Islamabad must talk to each other realizing the dangerous consequences of any escalation of confrontation being fueled by the powerfully entreched vested interests in politics, bureaucracy, and monstrously expanded security establishment. Instead of allowing these elements to raise senseless and highly dangerous war hysteria there is need for sanity to prevail by taking steps to put an immediate end to these incidents along the borders and respect the sanctity of the ceasefire enforced since 2003. The escalation of hostilities, which have the ominous potential of leading to a full-scale bloody war, and perpetuation of conflict may suit the interests of the vested interests but this is certainly not in the interests of the common people of the two neighbouring countries, who have been suffering the brunt of this conflict for the past over sixty years and have a stake in peace. It is easy to talk of war by glibbed-tongued politicians or other powerful elements in differentwalks of life in the two countries, enjoying security at the state expense and living far away from the borders. For invariably it is the common people, particularly those living in the border acres who have been facing the brunt of any armed confrontation and have been frequently uprooted from their hearths and homes but left in lurch by those in authority who talk of war.

There is no reason why the leaders and governments of the two countries should not assert, restrain their trigger-happy forces, particularly so in Pakistan where the military has ruled for most of the period of its history and enjoyed supremacy over the civilian authorities, to silence the roaring guns, prevent any kind of intrusion into the other territory and preserve ceasefire. The masses in the two countries have suffered due to the prolonged armed confrontation, with three regular wars and several mini wars, and huge expenditure being borne by the two countries in expanding and strengthening their war machine and going for nucleraisation with all its risks. Those who have been talking against resumption of the disrupted dialogue process and are trying to create war hysteria must understand the simple truth that sustained, uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue between the two warring countries is still the only way to come out of this impasse. The world history is a witness to it that war never solves any proble. Rather it adds to the miseries to the affected people in terms of death, destruction, displacement and economic stagnation. The alternative to dialogue is only disaster in its various forms. India is a much bigger country than Pakistan and claims to be the world’s largest democracy, with a stable duly elected civilian governments. Pakistan is not only a small nation but also facing serious political and economic crisis with a much more serious threat from terrorism of its own creation. It is for New Delhi to take the initiative for immediate resumption of dialogue process by picking up the broken threads, create a conducive climate by removing all roadblocks for moving forward with much speed on the road to peace.