More than a week after National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan met in Bangkok, it is becoming now clear that resumption of talks between the two neighbours was always a possibility, given that the leadership of both country’s – definitely India’s- have much higher priorities of development, economic growth and poverty alleviation to tackle for their respective citizens.
The recent developments in Iraq, characterized by the huge territorial gains made by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the cost of a collapsing central authority, widespread lawlessness, vicious sectarian strife, shut down of the Baiji oil refinery, and the hostage taking of foreign nationals, cannot but be a matter of serious concern.
The state of Uttarakhand faced one of the worst tragedies in recent memory. Several hundreds were killed and property worth thousands of crores was damaged by the floods. Man made problems turned a natural calamity into a national disaster. If the armed forces once again won the hearts of millions of countrymen, by displaying immense courage in the face of adversity, the political class and the bureaucracy let the people down.
The cowardly and barbaric attack on a convoy of Congress leaders and workers at Jeeram Ghati in Jagdalpur district of Chhattisgarh recently resulting in the loss of many precious lives should be an urgent wake-up call for the entire nation.
Home Minister Shinde has given comfort to India’s enemies with his reckless assertions at the Congress Party’s Jaipur chintan shivir that the BJP and the RSS were running “terror training” camps to spread Hindu terror throughout the country.
The latest incident across the Line of Control (LoC), and the killing and decapitation of an Indian soldier, highlights yet again the challenge that Pakistan poses to our security and diplomacy. Further, this act cannot be discounted as a local incident as it bears all the hallmarks of having been deliberately planned and executed at a higher level within the Pakistan Army.
Two things are clear.