>> any thoughts on what would be your view of what is best in India's interest. And what would be a principled stand on this situation?
In my view India's current stand meets both those requirements at present, but the dynamics can change.
Noted; also the fact that you've introduced far too many debatable and contentious issues, and shifted the goalposts by a fair distance; a satisfactory response from my end would necessarily involve some time and effort. Let's abandon the debate for now. Regards.
It is said Obama knows India too well to take us seriously!!!!
Anwaar - any thoughts on what would be your view of what is best in India's interest. And what would be a principled stand on this situation?
Agree with your points.
Firstly, I am not sure what Burns says or not should matter so much to us.
A lot of the reactions here smack of "we showed our independence to a superpower so it must be the right choice", or "show these powerful US guys we are not Pakistan - your client state", "or there must be parity - if you want us to listen to you always, you listen to us always, especially in relation to Pakistan", etc. In some sense it is about feeling good that may be we have arrived on the world stage because we could thumb our nose at a superpower. It is less about cold rational analysis of our interests and what is best for it? Partly because we still don't have a culture and ecosystem developed of cold rational analysis in terms of foreign affairs or knowing our "interest" other than parroting that "it is in our national interest - whatever that might be or mean". Not to mention our influence in Iran is probably close to 0, in encouraging them to mend their ways.