ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Concord at Sharm el-Sheikh

India and Pakistan decide to resume dialogue. Will domestic opposition and the intelligence agencies allow them to?

Perhaps it is the environment of the Non-Aligned Summit that induces mood swingsof great amplitude in India’s top political leadership. Perhaps there are other forces at work, quietly and unobtrusively, compelling shifts of strategy and direction in the engagement between India and her troubled western neighbour.

When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on the sidelines of a regional summit in June, he made little effort to be polite. All he had to talk about was the use of Pakistan’s soil by militant groups engaged in terrorist violence against India. This caused great consternation, verging on outrage in Pakistan over his suspension of normal diplomatic niceties.

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