True, the dispute with
became a major preoccupation of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and
also the foreign policy engine room, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Pakistan
Now, that occupational hazard has caught up with Narendra Modi, and he needs to walk the talk – either ways.
India has cancelled the Foreign Secretary level
talks scheduled for August 25 after Pakistani High Commissioner to , Abdul
Basit openly called Kashmiri separatist leaders like Shabbir Shah for
consultations ahead of scheduled talks. India
has been among the top
cherished wishes of Indian diplomatic leadership. In fact, Pakistan has never hesitated from taking the
first step or running the important extra mile in its efforts to establish
peace with that country braving several hurdles and domestic politics. New Delhi
It was this spirit which saw in the 1990s, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee making a bus trip across the border to
. The similar
gesture was shown more than once when Dr Manmohan Singh described his the then
Pakistani counterpart Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani as a ‘man of peace’. Lahore
With the latest developments, the South Asian brotherhood juggernaut created by Prime Minister Modi when he invited all SAARC nation heads to his swearing in has also been defeated.
Close on the heels of envoy Basit’s meeting with separatist leaders as Congress and other opposition parties mounted pressure on Prime Minister Modi,
India's foreign secretary Sujatha Singh on
Monday summoned the Pakistani envoy and said "that Pakistan's continued efforts to interfere in 's
internal affairs were unacceptable". India
"Under the present circumstances, it is felt that no useful purpose will be served" by a meeting between the two sides.
has termed the episode
unfortunate while Kashmiri separatists perhaps stunned by Ministry of External
Affairs hawkish stance have been stating that even during Vajpayee regime such
parleys between them (separatists) and Pakistani envoy had taken place in the
past. But Pakistan
has changed over last 14-15 years and especially under him, Modi would like to
give the impression he will continue to call shots. India
The pro-Modi government plea is powers within
did not approve of talks
making progress between two Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi.
None other than Modi’s trusted lieutenant and country’s Defence Minister Arun
Jaitley himself has said that “powers within” Pakistan Pakistan
disapproved of normal ties with . India
Snapping of Secretary level talks has brought doubts whether two Prime Ministers would meet on the sidelines of any other international meet.
Doubts have also surfaced over the trade ties and thus two prominent Indian business chambers CII and FICCI have urged both the countries to allow normal trade relations continue.
India and signed a liberalised visa agreement on September 8, 2012, in
many quarters it was seen as a fructification of efforts of the lawmakers in
both sides. The new pact replaces a 38-year-old restrictive visa agreement and
will pave the way for greater people to people contacts and boost trade. Pakistan
Having said so, one must take note of the fact that the sudden hardliner stance from the Modi regime did not come all of a sudden.
In fact, during his recent visit to the trouble-torn
, PM Modi himself raised the ‘proxy war’
bogey only to embarrass the Pakistani dispensation who termed it baseless
Was it deliberate on the part of Modi? His detractors are linking his proxy-war rhetoric and cancellation of formal parleys to by-elections in a number of states. Well, who would know the importance of elections better other than Modi?
It goes without saying that the relations between
India and Pakistan,
also a close ally of neighboring , have a major impact on
regional stability and thus developments like these – cancellation of talks –
generate immense international interest. China
In 2002, Modi had used his rhetoric against
and ‘Mia Musharraf’ as an electoral virtue; but in 2014 he is not a mofusil leader
of ‘six crore (60million) Gujratis’. Pakistan