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Can India-Pakistan relations be bettered?
India-Pakistan relations are at its nadir with little hope of them improving in the near future. India is suffering more than Pakistan. Does India have an option? The Bhagavad Gita shows the way, indirect approach with modus operandi explained, it has huge potential of success.

Pakistan appears to be continuously troubling India in spite of its unilateral goodwill gestures like most favoured nation (MFN) status and being magnanimous in releasing water from Himalayan rivers of Jammu & Kashmir. But Pakistan refuses to reciprocate positively.

Pakistan also has successfully managed to control escalation levels as deemed appropriate to its national interests with India being poor and apologetic responder, both in terms of quality and quantum. Since Pakistan is not being hit hard where it hurts the most, the Islamic nation doesn't care about human loss of life or en mass movement of the population to deeper areas to avoid shelling.

What is that Pakistan achieves with this zero-sum game?

In Pakistan, the army calls the shots, and is perceived by the masses as their only saviour that can protect them from hostile India, thus ensuring that no politician becomes powerful enough to change this perception. A radicalised army, indoctrination of illiterate youth by Muslim clerics, foolishly making them believe about virgins awaiting them in heaven if they take up jehad, provides enough raw material as canon fodder to fuel hatred against India.

Pakistan has successfully leveraged US; Saudi Arabia;OPEC; Islamic countries oil wealth and of late Chinese for aid/loans/grants on various pretexts. But most are reluctant to fund Pakistan army any more, more so after the US coming down hard, albeit the Chinese are trying hard to make up to some extent. However, the Chinese are known to be tough money lenders unlike the Americans.

China has been trying to arm/finance Pakistan only to the extent that it remains a nuisance for India thereby bogging it down to regional level. Win-win for both.

The internal situation in Pakistan is quite precarious. Extreme poverty; military flourishing but masses deprived, mullahs wealthy and powerful but youth unemployed, being illiterate and unskilled. Panjabis' domination is leading to resentment amongst all other provinces - Sind; FATA; Balochistan; Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) are rising in rebellion against Islamabad.

Mullahs-backed huge armed groupings, not under control of any Central authority keep using violence for own agendas. Its amazing how Pakistan has survived for so long with such mega problems! The army has exploited this fear of the masses by ensuring weak polity and reasonably understanding judiciary.

Pakistan army has kept alive the threat of nuclear weapon usage thereby ensuring neutralisation of conventional inferiority & decision dilemma for Indian planners. Since the world is extremely sensitive of nuclear weapons, Pakistan believes that India will not to go for full fledged conventional war. Pakistan has put India on defensive and embroiled in internal affairs of counter insurgency. Sorry state for any army.Master stroke by any standards. This carefully nurtured state of affairs has led to the perception that the army is the only saviour. Pakistan's grand strategists need to be commended for boxing into state of helplessness and our strategists' failure to generate suitable befitting response.

Pakistan army for its survival must keep Kashmir & terror in J&K alive. This is the root cause of the Indo-Pak problem.

Does India have an option or it must continue to bleed?

Shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) was the norm in early 2000 till the Vajpayee-led NDA government put an end to it. Killing of civilians and uniformed personal on both sides was stopped. However, it has now restarted again. It achieves nothing and should npt be an option.

Pakistan army's image or the country's economy being hurt are the only ways to moderate army's behaviour.

Covert action; water disruption; supporting dissenting elements in PoK/Balochistan; isolating Pakistan at world forumsand strangulating terror funding, simultaneously extending reciprocal development and technological assistance to ensure leverage.

Development and border peace will ensure change of perception in people about their army. More facilities to aggrieved families; educational scholarships to PoK and Baloch students; raking up human rights violations in Balochistan; helping the Baloch to take Pakistan army to the International Court of Justice for missing masses.

Indian politicians and masses must cooperate with the government rather than demanding immediate retaliation.

Defeat Pakistan army through mind game as propagated in the Bhagavad Gita by driving wedge between masses and the army.

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