Essay

Balochistan vs Kashmir

Print edition : December 09, 2016

In his Independence Day speech from ther Red Fort in 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of India's ties with Baloch leaders. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP

The Hindu Sena staging a demonstration in support of the "freedom struggle" in Balochistan in August at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Photo: V. Sudershan

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. "You may do one Mumbai, you may lose Balochistan," he said at a lecture in 2014. Photo: Kamal Narang

Brahamdagh Bugti, founder of the Baloch Republican Party. He applied for political asylum in India in September.

Naela Quadri Baloch addressing a press conference in Mumbai on November 1. She has asked for a government-in-exile and demanded India's support. Photo: Indranil Mukherjee

A January 2006 photograph showing rebel tribesmen guarding Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti (centre) in the remote mountainous area of Dera Bugti in Balochistan province. The Indian External Affair Ministry's paid a glowing tribute to him in its condolence message after he was killed by Pakistani forces in his cave hideout in August 2006. Photo: Banaras Khan/AFP

Letter from the Nizam of Hyderabad to the Governor General of India, C. Rajagopalachari.

The pursuit of a tit-for-tat diplomacy will not get India anywhere because Balochistan and Kashmir are not on a par, legally and politically. The time has come for India to drop the Baloch card and work for the settlement of Kashmir.
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