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NOVEMBER-2012 ISSUE

 Tracking Talks
 India continues to fumble in its engagement with Pakistan
 

We are constantly reviewing the state of our relations with Pakistan in think-tank discussions and in the media even when progress in the relationship is inordinately slow. Many think that as a society we pay exaggerated attention to Pakistan, almost to the point of being obsessed with our neighbour. Critics would argue that the more we show anxiety about improving relations with Pakistan, the more room we give to it to persist with its negative policies. Many of our other neighbours — who by no means make any special effort to earn our goodwill — do not comprehend the relative neglect with which they feel we treat them compared to our excessive reaching out to Pakistan, even when it is the country most hostile to us.

While one could legitimately criticise our handling of Pakistan and the one-sided concessions we are prone to make in the hope that our adversary would eventually be convinced of our good faith and reciprocate our gestures, there are several reasons that compel us to pay seemingly inflated attention to it.


Former Indian foreign minister with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar

 
 
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