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Aftermath of the Pulwama Terrorist Attack – Options for India

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6 March 2019

video of the discussion on ‘Aftermath of the Pulwama Terrorist Attack – Options for India’, moderated by Ambassador Shyam Saran, with opening remarks by Yamini Aiyar, featuring Ambassador Sharat Sabharwal, Commodore C Uday Bhaskar and Happymon Jacob, co-organised by India International Centre (IIC) and CPR.

In one of the worst terror strikes in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, around 44 CRPF personnel were killed and several others injured after a terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus in the state’s Pulwama region on 14 February 2019. The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) based in Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack provoked the Balakot air strike by the Indian Air Force, which led to further retaliation from across the border. The events of the last few weeks raise serious questions regarding the future of Indo-Pak relations and the geo-political environment. It also raises important questions on the security scenario and Kashmir and the policies adopted by New Delhi.

The panel discussion explored the plethora of options available to India in dealing with the implications of this attack both in the short-run as well as the long-run.

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive, CPR. Ambassador Sharat Sabharwal is the Former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan. Commodore C Uday Bhaskar is the Director of Society for Policy Studies. Happymon Jacob is the Associate Professor of Disarmament Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Ambassador Shyam Saran is Senior Fellow, CPR and Life Trustee, IIC.

The question and answer session that followed can be accessed here.

A curated media commentary by CPR faculty, analysing the Pulwama attack can be read here.