Success or Surrender - The Simla Summit
G. S. Bhargava
Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
There is a school of thought in India which thinks that by chanting mantra like that the Simla Agreement should succeed or be shaved, depending upon the situation, durable peace between India and Pakistan can be achieved. People belonging to this faith it is nothing better than that bring to bear on any kind of dissent on the subject the sort of intolerance which religious and ideological conformists are notorious for. At the other end of the spectrum are those who identify India-Pakistan relations with the Simla Agreement and adopt a narrow nationalist approach to Pakistan in the name of opposing the Simla Agreement.
This book rejects both these superstitions. It shows that if Indo-Pakistan peace is such a fragile structure as to need the prop of a document of doubtful validity like the Simla Agreement it can never be preserved. Further, if the durability of India-Pakistan good relations is to be a function of Bhutto’s durability.
- From book introduction