Inder Malhotra looks at the thorny relationship between India and Pakistan, which has become increasingly antagonistic in recent weeks in the wake of alleged atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Many years ago, Natwar Singh, then Indian ambassador to Pakistan and much later foreign minister, described the relations between the two South Asian neighbours as ‘devilishly complex’. Nothing could have underscored this more vividly than the dramatic and agonizing turbulence in this relationship that has taken place in a mere few weeks. At the time of writing there is an uneasy standoff between the two basically adversarial countries. Although they have managed to avert the threat of war, there is as yet no return to normalcy or to a dialogue. Let the facts speak for themselves.
A much-supported protest by a leading Pakistani intellectual has garnered attention but no real change, writes Rahimullah Yusufzai.
Religious scholar and former member of parliament Dr Tahirul Qadri ended his five-day Lahore-Islamabad ‘long march’ and ‘sit-in’ protest in the federal capital, Islamabad, on January 17 after reaching a five-point agreement with the beleaguered Pakistan People’s Party-led government.
While last year has been an annus horribilis for New Delhi on the political and economic fronts, G Parthasarathy looks ahead to a brighter future as India strengthens links with its ASEAN partners, though with some concerns about China.
The year 2012 was a virtual nightmare for India’s political and diplomatic establishment. Over the past decade, international attention on India has largely focused on what was seen as an almost irreversible process of annual 8 per cent economic growth. As the economy grew rapidly and trade and investment ties across the globe and particularly in its eastern neighbourhood expanded significantly, India was seen as an emerging player in the world economy.