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India Holds Trump Card On Kashmir Standoff

Donald Trump rushes in where angels fear to tread, which, in this case, is the devil infested vale of Kashmir. The compulsive interventionist and disruptions pokes his Pinocchio nose into every situation ignoring the odour and the stench.

The subject of liberal ridicule at home, he is taking his Big Brother role a tad seriously. Facing an impeachment at home, the US President is tilting at the windmills of world peace with the panache of a panacea pundit. He is escalating his battle for a second term by attempting to win hearts abroad rather than seeking votes at home.

While his predecessor Barrack Obama won the Nobel peace prize before he even moved into Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump is still struggling to broker peace treaties in regions where the US is directly or indirectly involved. America factors in conflicts in West Asia and Kashmir into its algorithm of global diplomacy.

Without the Valley, innumerable interlocutors, opinion peddlers, media-wallahs and politicians would lose both their relevance and jobs. Successive American presidents have tried to resolve ‘K’ but failed and withdrew. With the US economy hitting the high notes and Americans falling for Trump’s ultra-nationalism, there was hardly a need to for an outreach involving Kashmir.

But not for Trump and the Art of the Deal. Even as Modiology rendered irrelevant and silent all dialogue-obsessed megaphones, the Donald went on an overdrive. He is a headline machine from North Korea to New Delhi but his undiplomatic adventurism has predictably been counterproductive. Last week, he preened on stage once again the global mediator between Pakistan and India during a visit to Davos to address the World Economic Forum.

The Imran-Trump bromance was on the full swing: Trump said, “We’re talking about Kashmir and the relation to what’s going on with Pakistan and India. And if we can help, we certainly will be helping. And we’ve been watching that and following it very, very closely.”

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