Unabated and Open Ended

Unabated and Open Ended
  • 2
    Shares

Skirmishes between India and Pakistan on and along the Line of Control (LoC) have now become routine and occur with regular frequency. Both states appear to view these skirmishes and the costs that these entail as something that can be “absorbed” by either. And, the usual aftermath is media wrangling and posturing over the consequences of these. All this is not only alarming but detrimental to the welfare, physical, psychological and emotional, of the peoples who live along the LoC, on both sides. Living in a constant sense of hostility along the LoC can only have deleterious consequences. Obiter dictum, it may be pointed out here that the skirmishes in contention have not escalated beyond a point but this would constitute cold comfort to the people who are trapped in the crucible of hostility between India and Pakistan on the LoC. The reasons for “limited hostilities” accrue from many reasons. One is the deterrence paradigm between the two arch foes which creates certain implied and also explicit “red lines” which are not crossed by these. Another could be that if skirmishes along the LoC escalate beyond a certain point, then these might morph into a “limited war” which, in turn, could get transformed into more than this. So, the hostilities remain limited. But, to repeat, this is cold comfort for the people who live along the LoC, on either side of the divide. Besides living in fear, there is always a sense and even real possibilities of displacement for these people which can, by no means, be an edifying life. It is, in the least, the comprehensive welfare of the people living on the LoC, on both sides, that powers that be, in India and Pakistan, must turn their attention to. For this to happen, a humanitarian approach over an adversarial approach should be adopted and taken recourse to. Moreover, the reasons for skirmishes must be understood and then remedial measures taken so that such situations do not morph into violent conflagrations. While there is more that can and must be done, but primacy should be given to human life and welfare of people along the LoC, across the divide, who become victims of an open ended conflict that shows no sign of abating or ending. This can be done when and if people across the divide muster the will to do so.