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February 2002


Letter from INDIA


The Imperatives and the Imperfects



of imperial inheritance and imperfect imperatives, and whether Kashmir is a state of India or is it new grammar that is constantly "tense" !



By J.V.Ravichandran



Imperative is the right tense, tone, attitude and word for authority. Implementing authority is imperative for good administration. Iteration, in administrative processes, spells lack of impetus in policies or acts or laws of governance.


The world, today, is polarized - with black and white in distinct contrast (not that earlier black was white or white, black !) - either there is a democratic view or it is a communist view; either it is a capitalist or a socialist state; either there is peace or there is terrorism. There is no room for words like autocracy or ambiguity that makes a banana state.


So, if democracy is the only word of importance, for the majority in the civilized world, it becomes imperative to correct any warping, by time and politicians, in the meaning of the word. Internal disasters and disasters caused by external elements are so common nowadays, in the major democracies, that illumination from any angle should be welcome.


In the perspective of South Asia, the Kashmir issue has long been the source of trouble in the region but more importantly, the trouble has taken the shape of a volcano, in the largest democracy of the world, and even more importantly, it has taken this shape because of democratic norms adopted by the Indian parliament for decades now !


The imperative question, thus, is, has democracy lost its way amidst arms race and swanky, terrorist outfits ? Or have politicians and rulers, of both Pakistan and India, bred and cultivated a small border dispute into the mammoth proportions of today, deliberately? To answer the first would be to venture into endless philosophising, but, it is noteworthy, nevertheless, that mixing of systems can produce hybrid results. But, where did systems get mixed ?


Democracy does not necessarily mean a sanctified, peaceful approach to governance. Modern politics demands a high degree of preparedness, military as well as administrative, which can justify the arms race but, this very accumulation of arms has been the governing force behind Pakistan's adamance over Kashmir as without the confidence provided by the military might of America and China, it would have wilted, by now, under diplomatic pressures of the UN and India, to forsake its unjustified designs on Kashmir. All this is part of the mammoth that is history and best left alone, which brings us to the second option.


Have the rulers of both the countries, messed around, for too long on Kashmir, without going in for decisive action ? Before venturing into this aspect, I must point out that the issue can be comprehended only from the perspective of national dimensions. If you possess a house by someone who refuses to forsake it then, individual claims and local laws can be applied to resolve the issue. But, in the matters of state, however hard a home minister or a prime minister may strive, instant action or solution is almost impossible to achieve, as the laws of the state as well as international laws force the individual to adopt a secular, liberal and often, loose course of action. In simpler words, it is all very well to blame a minister or a ruler for non-action but global, economic and regional pressures and accountability too rule the roost at times.


But yes, India, with its military might, should have resolved this issue by attacking Pakistan and seizing whatever invaded land of Pakistan thereby forcing it to withdraw its attentions, forces and interests from Kashmir forever. This is the popular Indian and Kashmiri sentiment on the Kashmir dispute. The prime minister of India must be walking a very tightrope of popular sentiments and global diplomacy, under the prevailing conditions, and although the world is singularly more expressive and interested in eradicating terrorism, the Kashmir issue is, by nature, a different cuppa altogether.


Pakistan must realise that invaded land is no longer a testimonial of accession, under modern international laws on borders and contours, and abide by the accession agreement of 1948 between the Kashmir Maharaja and independent India and rid South Asia of constant tension. The days of Ghauri and Alexander are passť.


People of India and the Kashmiris are quite tired with the proxy wars and the constant tension in the valley of Kashmir. Only Pakistan seems to enjoy all the trouble. And why not ? If it is granted loans of billions of dollars by the US and the World Bank, spending on proxy wars will most certainly not cause a hole in its pocket. If the international forum is seriously intent on resolving the border dispute between Pakistan and India, the only measures it should adopt is an economic blockade till such time that the issue is resolved. Once, either of the country, which is provoking tension in the valley, is forced into bankruptcy, spending on defence or offence will cease and peace will return to the heaven that was Kashmir once upon a time !


J.V.Ravichandran introduces himself: I am 35 years of age and live in New Delhi, India. I am a software developer, dramatist, poet, artistic director (I have directed 4 English plays). I have developed 4 computer games, GREYcells Ludo, GREYcells Bricks, GREYcells Tic-Tac-Toe and GREYcells Brainvita plus some business softwares namely,  plus GREYcells Accounts for manufacturing units, GREYcells instograf, GREYcells Speedsheet and GREYcells Independence.

I have dramatised Catch-22, the famous novel by Joseph Heller, which is available on my homepage. I have also written a book on C and C++ called "C+C++=EC" that too is available on my homepage. I have written a few poems too which are available on my homepage. I also write articles on C# (Pronounced C-sharp) at and


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