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Expectations were sky-high when P. Chidambaram took over from Shivraj Patil against the dark backdrop of 26/11. But...

The Trip Meter
Jitender Gupta
The Trip Meter
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Expectations were sky-high when P. Chidambaram took over as Union home minister in November ’08 against the dark backdrop of 26/11 and Shivraj Patil’s resignation. But the goodwill that greeted the appointment then, which he strove to build on with his proactivism, has dissipated now with the home ministry finding itself at the heart of several controversies and questionable decisions which have run counter to the Congress party line, causing much consternation in the Manmohan Singh government.


1. The Pakistan Bungle: Was G.K. Pillai speaking on his own?

Union home secretary G.K. Pillai has to an extent always been open and accessible to the media. In fact, it’s his comments at an interaction with the Indian Express staff last week that sparked off the raging row between the home and external affairs ministries. In his pow-wow, Pillai accused Pakistan’s isi of being “completely involved” in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. However, it is not the content but the interview’s timing, splashed on the newspaper’s front page on the eve of foreign minister S.M. Krishna’s visit to Islamabad, that irked many on both sides of the border.

The pressure on the home secretary has increased since Krishna’s dialogue with his Pakistani counterpart, S.M. Qureshi, ended without yielding any result. Most people involved in the talks now blame Pillai for bringing the Indo-Pak dialogue process to a dead-end—because blaming the isi in a  blanket way amounted to accusing the Pakistani military establishment and, thereby, limited the scope of progress in the talks. Even Krishna, at his diplomatic...

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