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It’s The Monofocals

Unprepared, indecisive, India changed the agenda, allege the Pakistanis

It’s The Monofocals
Photographs: AP, Sanjay Rawat, Reuters (From Outlook, August 02, 2010)
It’s The Monofocals
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Why Pak Was Miffed

  • Home secy G.K. Pillai’s remarks on ISI indicated India was coming to talks with  a changed agenda
  • Nirupama Rao was constantly on phone for directions from Delhi
  • India was unprepared for what came up on the table
  • India was inflexible on what
  • Pakistan sees as core issues, like Kashmir, water or Siachen
  • Delhi wanted the focus only on terrorism
  • India should recognise that Pakistan too is a victim of terror

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When she visited Islamabad in June for secretary-level talks, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao carried a small idol of Guruvayoorappan (the Krishna deity of the famed Kerala temple) in her handbag. The gods were kind: her meeting with counterpart Salman Bashir went without a glitch, with the two continuing to smile and exchange small talk well after the end of formal engagements.

Cut to the recent foreign ministers’ dialogue, and it...

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