No doubt, it is politically correct to be optimistic. It can be therapeutic too. Optimism helps many terminally ill patients to live longer. But it's not known to cure the disease. Besides, optimism can be dangerous when it lowers India's guard, as has happened in the past.
Post-natal relations between India and Pakistan have been as star-crossed as the traumatic birth, providing no cause for cheer. Kashmir is India's burden, but Pakistan's lifeline. That is among the many reasons why I am pessimistic about the two countries solving their problems. Why should Pakistan dilute or renounce its obsession with Kashmir? What's in it for them if they do? Everybody, especially the Americans, increasingly view Pakistan as a "failed state". What clout can a failed state wield in the international arena? Pakistan knows this only too well. It realises that today it only has "nuisance value", whether it is regarding the Kashmir conflict, nuclear threat or Islamic fundamentalists. Pakistan needs to keep the Kashmir conflict alive if it is to be heard in the West. A boiling Kashmir makes it difficult for the West to ignore Pakistan, which given their inherently low level of interest in South Asia, can happen all too easily.