Consumed as we are with the hurly-burly of the General Election, we may have lost sight of an important development in our neighbourhood. As the Pakistan government tries to persuade the Taliban to retreat from its latest encampment a mere 100 kilometers away from Islamabad, the world — and Washington, in particular — has finally come around to the view that Pakistan is on the brink of becoming the next Afghanistan. Read more
It has now become increasingly clear that India is being naïve in expecting Pakistan to cooperate in the investigation into the Bombay attacks. Judging by the things that Pakistani diplomats and politicians said in Islamabad, Davos, London and Delhi last week, Pakistan’s attitude is defiant and unhelpful. Read more
I went to New York last week for an event designed to make Americans think better of India (see today’s Brunch). But even as India@60 took over Manhattan, I was less interested in the American view of India than in our view of the United States.Few relationships can be as complicated as India’s engagement with America. And few seem to matter as much: this government’s continuance will be determined by the fate of the Indo-US nuclear deal.