IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in India

1st June - 08th June
  • Pakistan is a neighbour you can’t wish away: A.S. Dulat
    Delhi needs to do much more in Kashmir, and India and Pakistan should keep the dialogue process alive, says the former RAW chief. In this interview, Mr. Dulat speaks of the need to enlist the Hurriyat to return Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, establish a permanent dialogue between Indian and Pakistani intelligence, and invite the Pakistan Army Chief to India for talks. (The Hindu, June 6, 2018)
  • PM Modi to meet Xi Jinping at sidelines of SCO Summit. (Times of India, June 7, 2018)
  • India moves one notch up to 136th place in Global Peace Index. The only countries which were ranked lower than India in the South Asian region were Pakistan (151 position) and Afghanistan (162). (Economic Times, Jun 06, 2018)
  • Hurriyat leader Geelani rules out meeting with Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma. Hurriyat insiders say Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s stance suggests that he favours a political engagement between the separatists and the government.
  • “There is no let up... People get killed, maimed and incarcerated and now run over by the military vehicles... It has become a routine matter in Kashmir so the question of any extension in the ceasefire doesn’t matter...” said Geelani in another written reply. (Hindustan Times, Jun 06, 2018)
  • Congress doesn’t understand RSS is not the BJP: M.G. Vaidya
    In an exclusive interview with The Hindu, former RSS spokesperson and senior RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya spoke on former President Pranab Mukherjee’s scheduled visit to Nagpur for an RSS function, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of the RSS and the BJP’s bypoll loss against the united Opposition. (The Hindu, June 6, 2018)
  • Militants attacked an Army camp in Bandipora’sHajin area in Jammu and Kashmir on June 5. (The Hindu, June 6, 2018)
  • Rajnath Singh will visit Kashmir and addressed a meeting of the Sports Council. It is expected he will announce a financial package for the creation of sports facilities in the State. (NDTV, June 7, 2018)
  • Jammu and Kashmir likely to seek truce extension. Buoyed by the security agencies’ assessment of the ‘Ramzan ceasefire or cease-ops’, the Jammu & Kashmir government is likely to push for a two-month extension of the Centre’s soft pursuit in the State during Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit on Thursday.
  • “The Ramzan ceasefire has brought a visible change in the lives of the people. It has also brought an attitudinal change among the masses. This needs to be built on, and the momentum to pursue the efforts towards a political dialogue should continue,” People’s Democratic Party leader and J&K Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar told The Hindu. (The Hindu, June 6, 2018)
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