Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has made a rather surprising statement that it is high time India and Pakistan moved forward together hand in hand. This is a fascinating proposition but unworkable because the change in the Indian attitude has not yet come. New Delhi is still bent upon stubbornness.

Unless the obvious issues the most prominent of them being Kashmir are resolved, there can be no friendship. Even to expect the willingness to join hands in presence of these issues that are outstanding by every definition is irrational. One had wished the Indian Foreign Minister not to neglect the obvious. Time has surely come but it is to settle these festering disputes. The Kashmir intifada in its scope and scale is now getting out of India’s control despite the army’s heavy presence. There is now considerable resistance on the Indian mainland as well where conscientious members of society have started to censure the central government for continued occupation. How can India prevail with the occupation under these circumstances is unclear; what it must do, hence is to give the people what they have been demanding which is their inalienable right of self-determination granted by the UN. The UNSC resolutions remain arguably the best and judicious way out of fray. These must be adopted for a speedy and free and fair plebiscite under the UN auspices.