US Again

August 30, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 208 Views
US Again

United States of America  extended it’s diplomacy ties to address long pending  Kashmir issue. There has been a lot happening on international arena as far as the Kashmir situation is concerned. The designation of the Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin as the global terrorist by US has come as a severe disappointment in Kashmir. Though, it was expected that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the US President Donald Trump will hit it off considering the growing convergence in the interests of the two countries, nobody expected Salahuddin to be declared a terrorist.  Traditionally, the US has backed the resolution of Kashmir according to the wishes of its people, a policy that presupposes Kashmir as a political dispute that needs settlement. This policy, as is clear, is closer to the position of Pakistan on the state than that of India.  The US has also time and again called for dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the issue, even expressing its desire to mediate should the two countries seek its involvement. But as Salahuddin’s branding as a terrorist underlines, Washington may be slowly moving away from its longstanding Kashmir policy and bringing it closer if not aligning it with the wishes of New Delhi. It is important for the US to please India due to the latter’s growing geo-political profile as an international and regional player. America desperately needs to enlist India as an ally given its need to check the impending rise of China as a global power and a US rival on the world stage. China throws down gauntlet to US dominance of world affairs that is  not only military and economic in nature but also ideological.   China offers the world a system of national and international governance that is fundamentally opposed to the US-led order. This makes India, the world’s largest democracy, critically important to US. This bolsters US-led international order. This makes for a compulsive strategic rationale for US-India closeness. There is an equally compelling transnational rationale too. India offers a vast market to US economy, so vital for the job creation in US. And this is something that US has made no bones about in the joint press statement where the President Trump has sought access to the Indian market.  And in this high stakes game, Kashmir doesn’t matter. The problem in the state is only used as a pawn by the big powers to extract benefits for them. So, declaring Salahuddin as a terrorist is a symbolic gesture to  build more confidence in US-India relations. And it certainly will. But it won’t change much on the ground in Kashmir.

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