Washington, Oct 2: Pointing out that 'vested interests' both within Jammu and Kashmir and 'across the border' have had strong reactions to Modi government's new initiatives, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Wednesday said once development is ensured, all of Pakistan's designs and plans for the last seven decades against the province would fail.
"There are reactions out there. There are vested interests built over 70 years. There are local vested interest. There are vested interest across the border," said Dr Jaishankar adding "But, if we manage to get development going in Jammu and Kashmir, do understand, that everything that the Pakistanis have planned for the last 70 years comes to naught".
To questions after his speech at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a renowned US think tank, Dr Jaishankr said it is true there would be "transitional risks" when one changes the status quo on anything in a very substantial way and "there will be reactions".
"The decision of this magnitude (new initiatives in Kashmir by Modi government) was not taken lightly. It was done because frankly there was no other way," he said adding "the only other way was to do the more of the same" -- as has been going for seven decades and which did not help. He also tweeted: "Pleased to speak at CSIS today on preparing for a different era. Need to transition to a diplomacy of pragmatic cooperation with multiple parties. At the same time, interests and affinities will have to be balanced. Welcome to the world of convergence."
In his address, Dr Jaishankar said - in the new world scenario, India has emerged as a leader among multilateral groups, because it occupies both the hedging and the emerging space at the same time. Dr Jaishankar spoke on the theme - 'Indian Foreign Policy - Preparing for a Different Era'.
As the world moved in the direction of greater pluralism, pragmatic result-oriented cooperation has begun looking attractive, he underlined. He said the global business as such provided the 'bedrock of independence' of Inter dependence between countries. The international relations envisage "collective security" as a safety net, he said and maintained that as multipolar world that is intensely competitive and driven by balance of power is not without its risks. "Europe, with its World War experiences, is especially chary. Even dominant powers favour such balancing only as a specific solution and not as a general approach".
In reference to J&K situation and restrictions on mobile use, Dr Jaishankar clarified before the US intellectuals that this is aimed at preventing the misuse of internet and social media for radicalising and mobilizing anti-Indian forces. The 'challenge' - thus before the Indian government is actually to sort of ensure that the measures work on the ground. "And to do that, the beginning is to prevent loss of life and then the changes are made".
Dr Jaishankar said - "There is a lot of experience which has gone into that precaution. If you look at the events in 2016, for example, we saw how the internet and social media was used to radicalize and to mobilize". Meanwhile, in another tweet, External Affairs Minister disclosed about his meeting with US Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan.
Both sides discussed about "promoting lawful travel, ensuring flow of talent and protecting the interests of students", he wrote. UNI