Once Pakistan tames the snakes in its backyard, as Hillary Clinton once described the jehadis, peace can return to the subcontinent after a long absence from the time of the 1947 partition, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad, where she announced the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan, is amongst the most dramatic announcements made by the Narendra Modi government so far.
In the euphoria that followed the announcement about a new dialogue process between India and Pakistan, many would have missed out on a key development – a place at the negotiating table for the Pakistani military.
India’s re-engagement with Pakistan has been as dramatic as recent instances of bilateral discord. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif have surprised constituents, just as the latter were getting reconciled to a prolonged hiatus and the sense that both sides will settle into a state of mutual avoidance.
The agreement by India and Pakistan to resume structured talks, seven years after the composite dialogue was stopped following the Mumbai terrorist attacks, marks a dramatic improvement in bilateral relations.
Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,