THE Indian leadership just cannot get out of its obdurate and stale mindset in terms of the Pakistan-India relationship, especially where Kashmir is concerned. Once again Indian External Affairs Minister Krishna has given out that all was going well in the July talks between him and Foreign Minister Qureshi and many issues were nearing agreement before Qureshi went public in the media and destroyed everything Krishna then went on declare that Jammu and Kashmir were Indias atoot ang and Pakistan was abetting terrorism there. Now how many times has one heard this diatribe from the Indian side before? The reality is that generation after generation of Kashmiris are fighting Indian Occupation and seeking their right to self determination as promised to them by the Indian leadership and the UN Security Council. So, it is time India removed its blinkers and accepted that its occupation of Jammu and Kashmir is untenable. It continues to use violence to suppress the Kashmiri people but they continue to rise in revolt against it. Equally disturbing is Krishnas statement that Pakistan and India were close to many agreements in July. He refused to identify on what issues these agreements were so close which in itself raises serious questions about the intent of the two sides through such secretive deal-making. Given the total lack of trust between the two sides, any backroom deal on any of the outstanding conflictual issues or even on trade, would backfire and therefore could not be sustained. India needs to realise that if it is serious about being recognised as a regional power it must first get that recognition in its own neighbourhood and that cannot come until it resolves all outstanding issues with its neighbours, including Pakistan. Whether anyone likes it or not, Kashmir does define the parameters of the Pakistan-India relationship and without resolving Kashmir in line with UNSC resolutions, Pakistan and India cannot move towards normalisation of relations in a cooperative mode. India should also realise that ground realities have their own momentum and its continuous abuse of human rights in Occupied Kashmir cannot remain unnoticed by the international community. Perhaps most significantly, the Indian-backed Kashmir leaders are now also singing a different tune and Omar Abdullah only recently declared, in the IHK 'Assembly, that Kashmir was a dispute between Pakistan and India. thereby rejecting the absurd Indian claims of Kashmir being its atoot ang. It is time Mr Krishna and the rest of the Indian leadership stop being delusional about Kashmir and move to giving the Kashmiris their right of self determination. Without this there can be no peace and stability in the region.