The Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan met and bid adieu in New York without promise of a future date or resumption of the stalled composite dialogue. So much so that S M Krishna rejected reactivation of back channel talks that had worked so well till before Mumbai happened. Read more

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I met Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang at a dinner reception in Delhi the other night. He’s a good listener who put up with my monologue for quite a while as I held forth on ways to open up opportunities in the rest of India for youth from the seven northeastern states. Read more

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I have known Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani since 1991-92 when he was spokesperson and special assistant to Nawaz Sharif. He performed similar duties for Benazir Bhutto when she replaced Sharif as Prime Minister after the 1993 polls. The first PM he served was Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. Read more

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I can feel these days a tenuous consensus building among security experts in India and Pakistan for some kind of institutionalised interaction between intelligence agencies of the two countries. It all began with a rare meeting between Pak ISI chief Shuja Pasha and defense advisors in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. Read more

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