LAC, LOC and Inside
August 30, 2013, Conference Hall, NIAS
Sameer Patil, Associate Fellow, Gateway House, Mumbai
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Abstract of Talk
For multiple reasons, the state of J&K is in news in 2013. Beginning with the beheading of the Indian soldiers on the India-Pakistan LOC, then the aftermath of the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in the Kashmir Valley, followed by the Chinese incursion in the Depsang Valley in Ladakh, to the reigniting of the tension on the LOC and most recently the communal riots in Kishtwar in Jammu- security situation in J&K has remained precarious. This talk will focus on a) India-China tensions on the LAC; b) Recent India-Pakistan skirmishes on the LOC and c) Internal security situation in J&K. The talk will conclude with a reflection on the regional security situation as the US drawdown from Afghanistan approaches its and security implications for India.
About the Speaker
Sameer Patil is Associate Fellow, National Security, Ethnic Conflict & Terrorism, at Gateway House. Prior to this, he was Assistant Director, National Security Council Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi. He has also worked at the Indian Pugwash Society, and the M. L. Sondhi Institute of Asia Pacific Affairs. He has written extensively on terrorism, India-Pakistan relations, the Kashmir issue, Sino-India relations and nuclear proliferation for various magazines and journals.