Make Peace, Make History

Make Peace, Make History
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It has been more than a week that guns have roared along the Line of Control (LoC). Intense and heavy shelling, which took exacted a toll in terms of lives lost , compelled people along the LoC (on both sides of the divide) to move to safer places. Fighting along the LoC has now almost become a ritual or even a rite of passage for both India and Pakistan. While these skirmishes are wrong for inherent reasons, but the redeeming fact remains that till now these have remained in the form and nature of a localized conflict, restricted to and along the LoC. ( However, given the frequency and intensity of these localized skirmishes, it is not clear how long they will remain so). All said and done, it is actually the people along the LoC , on both sides of the divide that are the real sufferers and victims of this fighting. They are victims merely because they live along the LoC and happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is not just the threat to their lives, and security of limb and property that is at risk and threatened when fighting commences along the LoC but also the disruption caused , throws their lives into a tizzy. The larger macro danger in terms of the LoC fighting is that if it reaches and crosses a certain threshold, it might evolve into a more deadly confrontation between India and Pakistan. The reference here is to actual hot war between the two arch antagonists. For pure and sheer humanitarian reasons and for the sake of precluding and pre empting war between India and Pakistan, powers that be across the divide must understand and appreciate the need for a sustained conflict and tension reduction measures along the LoC. This must happen at all levels of decision making to make peace along the LoC real and not be jeopardized by anything. People living along the LoC are human; they must be allowed to live a normal life , free from fear and disruption and the larger macro potential of war must be avoided. For this to happen, both India and Pakistan need to talk and engage with each other. The major stumbling bloc and sticking point between the two is Kashmir. Let Kashmir then become the premise for a larger , multi stakeholder dialogue between arch antagonists and let them make both peace and history.