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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Pakistan, and Article 370- A tough outlook 29 May, 2014
Was it right on the part of the previous union government to not even bother about simplifying relations with a neighboring nation? Despite of many calls from Pakistan, the UPA-1 and UPA-2 PM did not care even once to share the expectations of India. Nor did the previous government take any sturdy actions to curb terrorism in India, which has a concrete association with this neighboring nation.

The all they did was to sit, watch, tolerate, and express sympathy. However, the picture is quite distinct now. With a buoyant administrator of the state, India now looks for new alternatives and renewed outcomes.

Mr. Modi was quite clear of his stand to invite the Pakistan’s PM on the occasion of his swearing-in. The next day saw a constructive meet, wherein the Indian leader shared his expectations from the nation that shares close vibes with India in term of history and culture.

Terrorism and the attacks of 26/11 were a key part of the agenda of discussion, and it was unmistakably conversed that India would not tolerate any terrorism that finds its roots in Pakistan. Surely, the Pakistani PM too wants cordial relations with India; hence the dialogue can be expected to reap enhanced consequences.

We need to learn from our past experiences that silence cannot serve any purpose. When you want the circumstances to progress, actions are compulsory. And it is sure, that the new leader acknowledges this fact. It is evident- If you want to secure cordial and peaceful relationship with Pakistan, you have to take a stand.

The PM of Pakistan, too deserves applaud, who crossed the barriers of domestic differences with respect to his visit, and took a vital step towards the harmony of two nations- Something, that even the past Indian PM, Mr. Manmohan Singh could not do even when called officially to attend the swearing-in of Mr. Nawaz Sharif.

Next is the most sensitive subject-matter that has grabbed the attention of the entire political family- Section 370. I believe that the BJP and RSS are fairly clear about their intentions. Mr. Modi while addressing the general public during his campaigning persuasively advocated a transparent discussion regarding the deliveries of this Section in terms of prosperity that the residents of J & K have secured.

And, is that so wrong? In a democratic setup, outcomes shall be reliably assessed and correction actions, if required shall be taken. And, when the center of discussion is the fortune of the mass, nothing is forbidden.

It was astonishing to hear the comment of the J&K CM, wherein he has warned the BJP to either forget the revocation of Section 370 or J & K as the part of India. I would call this pure dictatorship. It is to be remembered that the inclusion of Section 370 was temporary considering the then prevailing circumstances.

A revision, therefore, is the need of the hour. Plus, when the said Section was for the betterment of the state and the residents therein, actual delivery of this has to be analyzed. Mr. Modi, though, has not revealed his actual outlook over this vital subject; I am sure that this capable leader would resolve the prevailing concerns.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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