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Kashmir Violence Tests Modi's Promise of 'Muscular' Foreign Policy

Kashmir Violence Tests Modi's Promise of 'Muscular' Foreign Policy Recent fighting across the Line of Control dividing disputed Kashmir is once more escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, with each side accusing the other of starting the violence. The artillery exchanges - the most serious since a 2003 cease-fire - are threatening newfound hopes for improved relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a self-declared Hindu nationalist, was elected in May having promised a “muscular” policy toward India’s neighbors, China and Pakistan. Once in office, he invited his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to his inauguration, prompting talk of a “Nixon in China” moment. No one could question Modi’s nati...
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