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Long Shadow over South Asia

Long Shadow over South Asia G P D IF there is one role that Indira Gandhi can do full justice to, it is the one of being and acting tough On return from the Cancun meeting she addressed a press conference at Palam airport during which she quite unceremoniously dismissed Gen Zia's offer of a no-war pact with India. The arguments were old and familiar. The Indian refection of the offer itself was not quite new or unexpected. It remained one almost of the Nehru-Menon rejection of Ayub Khan's offer of ' joint defence'. One has to say 'almost' because the grounds of rejection then were rather different The question posed then was "joint defence against whom?". The argument then was that Pakistan and India did not share the same world view, had different perception of enemies and so en, and as such Joint defece against different enemies was not possible.

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