CRamS wrote:RajeshA wrote:
The question is not whether USA has some ready-made general abstract quote on Kashmir for public consumption that matters. What matters is their policies, and Obama, at least after becoming President, has not put Kashmir on the table as yet. We too are not discussing Diego Garcia with them.
We should stop being too sensitive on Kashmir. Lets just show everybody the middle finger, without getting upset and everything.
We are sensitive because we are depending on US to stop TSP from their terrorist hanky panky against us. And US, sensitive to TSP, cannot do more than mouth innaities when TSP attacks India and cries Kashmir. Thats the problem. India expects consistency from US, i.e., terror and talks, terror and poitical grievances cannot go hand in hand; just as US adopts that stand when it comes its interests or those of its western lackeys and Israel. India expects US to view TSP like it views Iran or Somalia or any of their 'bad guys'. But US says India TSP equal equal onlee; and naturally, that makes us sensitive. But as Shiv pointed out, this frustration and perhaps rabid impotent anger in private cannot translate into any public challenge to USA given our abject weaknesses.
USA has effecvtively told India, forget Mumbai, surrender to our TSP allies because that is in our interests. And India and Indians like me can do nothing but seethe with impotent rage. Very sad and pathetic.
I believe the problem is we wait too much on the telephone. Waiting for a call from Washington, explaining to us, what they think, how we should act, whether they have taken our concerns into consideration, etc. etc.
I am saying, lets just forget Washington and do our own thing. Washington is not the one who has put us into chains and paralyzed us. We have done that. All we need is to move on. Search for our own partners in Asia and beyond.
Why do we go to America? Because we think America is strong and will help us solve our problems. Why doesn't America come to us? Because we have nothing to offer. We do not have our fingers in every funny problem pie around here. China forced America into talks even though in the beginning of Bush Administration, there were problems with China. They did it by showing their purported influence over North Korea. America will take India seriously only if America thinks that India offers a solution to their strategic interests or to their problems.
That's why we should go ahead and build relations with Taliban, the 'Arab League', Myanmar and increase our level of intelligence resources in every single country in the neighborhood, the lizard included. The more we follow our own strategic interests, the more will we be of value to USA. We saw that after the Pokhran-II.
We should however stop cursing the Americans in a tone of bitterness, but rather criticizing them on their support to terrorism and terrorists of the world. We should put them on the back foot a little wrt Pakistan. We should be a friend, a partner, a competitor, a challenger, a necessity all at the same time.
All we have to do is forget the telephone and step outside. We don't need to be invincible to go outside, just convinced where our strategic interests lie, and not hesitate to put up a fight where needed.