INDIA DEFENCE CONSULTANTS
Retired Admirals in the News ––
Nuclear Problem Linked to Kashmir
An IDC Analysis
Navy Chief Admiral L Ramdas (Retd) was in the news as he was awarded the
Magsasay Award for his peace efforts between India and Pakistan. We
congratulate him on his initiative and efforts. The Admiral has a son in
law who is from Pakistan and is a serviceman. Admiral Ramdas is strongly
anti nuclear and has toured Pakistan and the world on these missions.
retired Vice Admiral V Koithara has written a book on the Indo–Pak
and it is a detailed account. His conclusion is that the issue of
nuclear problem between the two countries is strongly linked to the
Kashmir problem and has to be resolved along the LOC and the legal
implications must not be gone into. He is right and the media item is
posted below. We have several times in the past posted many pieces in this
vein including those by Mohan Guruswamy. (See Kashmir
is the Pakistan Army that has to agree and then the border can be made
soft. USA holds keys also to see that the International border is resolved
along the LOC as it can leverage Pakistan and President Clinton on 4th of
July in 1999 during the Kargil war did just that by telling PM Nawaz
Sharrif this and has written about it in his memoirs.
Nuclearisation Linked To Kashmir, Says Ex-Indian Admiral
Delhi, August 04, 2009
former admiral of the Indian Navy has claimed that there is a close link
between the imbroglio in Kashmir and moves by both Pakistan and India to
from the established position of the Indian Government, Vice-Admiral
(retired) Verghese Koithara says in his recently published book
"Crafting Peace in Kashmir through a realist's Lens" has drawn a
parallel between conflicts in Northern Ireland and Kashmir, saying the
conflict is simpler than it is commonly portrayed.
started studying the strategic situation between India and Pakistan. This
is a subject I am familiar with. When I looked at it closely, I realized
that the nuclear problem between India and Pakistan was closely linked to
Kashmir," Vice Admiral Koithara told the Daily Times.
book further goes on to suggest that both India and Pakistan should accept
a final settlement of the dispute on the basis of the present Line of
Indians will have no serious difficulty in accepting the LOC as a
permanent border in reality. M point in the whole book is legal,
constitutional and ideological aspects existing in India and Pakistan in
Kashmir are not significant and addressing them will not lead us anywhere.
This is a purely a political and military problem and we have to adjust to
that," he said.
is no doubt that the line (LOC) separates Pakistani and Indian
sovereignty. Even if you have areas with different sovereignty, nothing
prevents a soft border. You can cross over ithout visas. This is the kind
of thing I saw in Northern Ireland. I had a British visa, but I could go
to the Republic of Ireland. A soft border is a necessary part of the
permanent LoC," he concluded.