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It's Democratic

To that extent, India is happy—reservedly so

It's Democratic
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It's Democratic
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The rise of people's power in Pakistan has caught the imagination of the world. In India, though, the foreign policy establishment wonders about its durability, and whether it could usher in any meaningful changes in Pakistan's India policy. More importantly, there are worries that with Islamabad grappling with the democratic upsurge, the investigation into 26/11 would slow down. "The proof of the pudding is in eating it," says a senior Indian diplomat. "We want the dismantling of the terror apparatus in Pakistan. That's our goal," he added.

Ordinarily, India should have been happy to see people's power compel President Asif Ali Zardari to observe constitutional propriety. A government observing the rule of law is less likely to foment terrorism. If New Delhi is not enthused, it's because the upsurge has helped the army, left sullied by former prez Pervez Musharraf, burnish its image. Even the celebrating protesters credited the army for averting a clash between Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, who spearheaded last week's movement.

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