Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, said that dialogue is the only way forward to defuse the ongoing tension in Kashmir.
Singh met with leaders of political parties to discuss the situation in this Indian-administered region, as it is being hit, yet again, by deadly violence.
Scores of people have been killed in the worst clashes in decades. Since Sunday the government has imposed an round-the-clock curfew.
The Indian government is under growing pressure to scrap emergency law in this troubled region and address the population's many woes.
So, is India prepared to take on the Kashmir issue? And what are the strategic risks in a highly volatile region?
Inside Story, with presenter Nick Clark, discusses with Radha Kumar, a trustee at the Delhi Policy Group, Prem Shankar Jha, the author of Kashmir 1947: The origins of a dispute, and Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, a senior fellow for South Asia at The International Institute for Strategic Studies.
This episode of Inside Story aired from Wednesday, September 15, 2010.