A.G. Noorani is flogging a dead horse by grandstanding on the question of a plebiscite on the Kashmir issue, which today is of no pertinence (“Plebiscite in Kashmir an inherent right: Noorani”, Jan. 29). Much has happened since the Liaquat-Nehru pact. The Simla question, the Kargil war, and much bloodshed have transpired that cannot be lived down. India has poured crores of rupees into the State in aid of its development and is today managing to keep an uneasy peace with its military presence, losing precious lives in guarding the Line of Control. A conclusive dialogue between India and Pakistan is the only viable solution to this vexatious problem and not a plebiscite on whether the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir want protection or not.

M. Ramankutty, Tripunithura

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