Indo-Pak Update: A Future of Nudges and Hopes
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  • Mrs. Davis

    India and Pakistan were born out of mutual hostility to one another

    A whole lot of moral equivalencing going on here as India has the second largest muslim population in the world and the Hindi population in Pakistan has gone from 15% to 2 or 3%. Looks to me like a one way problem.

  • It’s not often that mere normalization or even significant improvement of trade relations gives me hope of real understanding between countries. But in India’s and Pakistan’s case I think it may be high time to make an exception. And especially in view of the hurdles involved on each side (I hardly think trade normalization in this instance could be achieved WITHOUT immense progress in cross-cultural understanding). In fact I wouldn’t mind seeing Indo-Paki commercial ties become every bit as addictively symbiotic those between the US and China. Especially if it succeeds in cooling off the prevailing religious temperatures. All in all, good news and good coverage.

  • Walter Sobchak

    The best thing we could do for Pakistan India relations, is to remove all of our hostages from Afghanistan, and after we do that, use our airpower to blow up all the toys we gave the Pakistani military. They will then be forced to seek terms from India. And I could care less how stiff those terms are, because they have earned it.

  • Atanu Maulik

    “India and Pakistan were born out of mutual hostility to one another”

    Wrong. Pakistan was born, because some Muslim leaders believed that Muslims can never be safe in a Hindu majority India.This explains much of Pakistan’s attitude towards India for the past 65 years. For Pakistan’s very existence to be justified, India must fail.

    Now that it is not happening, with 200 million Muslims living happily within a secular India, makes Pakistan leadership ever ever more desperate.

  • Rahul Singh

    This article: The regulation of the water rights to the Indus River has been suprisingly unproblematic since a 1960 treaty between the two countries, but with India’s population growing to 1.5 billion by 2035 and the Pakistani economy highly dependent on agricultural exports, one Lahore analyst worries that water disputes could become ‘another Kashmir-like rallying point for Pakistani jihadis.’
    The Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) signed by the two riparian states only 13 years into the start of their relations as independent but bitter neighbours, was nothing less than a great feat.
    Under this treaty, India has set aside 80% of the waters of the six-river Indus system for downstream Pakistan — the most generous water-sharing pact thus far in modern world history.

    India, however, is down river to China, which rejects the very concept of water sharing.
    Jawaharlal Nehru ignored the interests of Jammu and Kashmir and, to a lesser extent, Punjab when he signed the 1960 IWT, under which India bigheartedly agreed to the exclusive reservation of the largest three of the six Indus-system rivers for downstream Pakistan.

    In effect, India signed an extraordinary treaty indefinitely setting aside 80.52% of the Indus-system waters for Pakistan – the most generous water-sharing pact thus far in modern world history.

    The volume of waters earmarked for Pakistan from India under the Indus treaty is more than 90 times greater than what the US is required to release for Mexico under the 1944 US-Mexico Water Treaty, which stipulates a minimum transboundary delivery of 1.85 billion cubic metres of the Colorado River waters yearly.

    India has the dubious distinction of signing the most generous water-sharing pacts with downstream states, even as it has failed to get upstream China to even accept the concept of water sharing.

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