India looks to stabilize Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General Republic of India. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres

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Consul-General Sandeep Chakravorty, of the Republic of India: Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh. Forty thousand people have died in the last years; Modi has removed the geographical anomaly to protect it from violence and make the region a state in India, with the citizenry having all normal rights of Indian citizens. Pakistan has only one agenda, is obsessed with India. See the government tweets. My Prime Minister will speak [at the UN General Assembly] of multiple topics, including what it means to be a democracy. “Most states have an army; in the case of Pakistan, the army has a state.” We do not covet any territory of Pakistan; all this has no basis in law. In a New York Times op-ed, Pakistan used that forum to threaten India with nuclear war. When Pakistan was formed, it was 23% non-Muslim; now it’s 3%. India is the opposite. This is not a Hindu-Muslim issue; India has 200 million Muslims – the second-largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia. Even in Jammu-Kashmir-Ladakh, there are multiple minorities. Pakistan tries to convey itself as a victim – but it backs the Taliban, gave refuge to bin Ladin, is militarily active in Afghanistan. Extremely good relations between India and Israel. Three democracies need to work closely together: US, India, Israel, including in the private sector.
Sandeep Chakravorty, a member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) since 1996, has served in India’s Missions in Spain, Colombia, Bangladesh and Peru. Prior to assuming charge as Consul General of India in New York in August, 2017, he was the Ambassador of India to Peru and Bolivia. Earlier he had been India’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh. Before joining the Government, Mr. Chakravorty worked with civil society organizations dealing with natural resources and environmental issues.

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