Sushma’s UNGA speech that won wide praise was well balanced in content, addressing themes of this General Assembly session (sustainable development goals), as well as hitting back at Pakistan for its duplicity and terror streak.
But two things stand apart – that also show how India is going to conduct its diplomacy and how it going to speak its mind in future.
THE KASHMIR ADMISSION
When Sushma Swaraj said that those who have glass houses should not throw stones on others, she was making an honest statement and was issuing a stern warning.
We all accept that Kashmir is going through a bad phase. Even our prime minister has accepted it and the Indian establishment is sincere to make things normal even if it is all because of Pakistan sponsored terrorism and separatism. We in India know where we erred and we accept it. To India’s credit, Kashmir unrest has seen a raging national debate and everyone has spoken his mind, including the so-called separatists.
When we can do so here, back home, why not across the world? It will, in fact, help India in building a water tight case against Pakistan. Sushma’s speech had this admission during her United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that the situation in Kashmir is bad. Its global admission will put the root-cause of it in the limelight – that is Pakistan sponsored. The admission also conveys a sincere intent to correct any wrong on the Indian part.
At the same time, she also said that Pakistan has many weak points and if India starts speaking for them or if starts supporting the separatist voices like Baloch or Sindhi, Pakistan will find it hard to control.
It was a bold move and fearless expression of a global power.
THE KASHMIR ASSERTION
The other thing that is remarkable about Sushma Swaraj’s speech is that it made it clear before the world that the whole Kashmir is an integral part of India and Pakistan can never take it, even if it wages a war for it.
Now we all know the positions here.
The whole Kashmir, including Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, are integral part of India and Pakistan is in illegal occupation of PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan. We Indians know it.
Pakistan says India is forcefully occupying the Kashmir Valley while its people want freedom from India.
The issue is still on UN Security Council agenda. Kashmir is seen globally as one of the crisis hotbeds that can become a threat for regional peace.
But the whole world community, barring few, now advocates that it is a bilateral issue and India-Pakistan should resolve it accordingly.
Sushma Swaraj, through her speech, made it very clear that it is now India’s position that is now going to matter – a position that reflected in the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian forces across the LoC to avenge the Uri attack to act on intel to prevent further terror strikes.
These two points, admission and assertion about Kashmir, along with India’s boycott of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad that was followed by others and was in last cancelled and the surgical strike will prove a milestone in India’s diplomacy.
At UNGA, Sushma spoke with authority on Kashmir like a global power speaks and others listen. India is now seen in the front league nations and its policies should be accordingly – including its diplomacy. And Sushma’s bold UNGA speech was just the beginning which saw its follow-up actions soon.
Today, Pakistan is finding hard to prove its point to the world – because it has nothing to tell. In fact, it was always the case. It is just that India has now realized that the only way to handle a rogue state like Pakistan lies in tough measures that can outsmart Pakistan it its own game. And India has started moving accordingly.