Kashmir: As Prickly as Cactus

As the third round of the Kashmir talks began in Karachi last week, a cactus plant was prominently placed on the negotiating table in front of India's Chief Negotiator Sardar Swaran Singh—an apt symbol of just how prickly the dispute between India and Pakistan still remains. Yet by the end of the day, the first faint glimmer of compromise was visible. In a sharp departure from its previous inflexible stand, India indicated that it would be willing to partition Kashmir along a boundary other than the current U.N. cease-fire line, which now...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!