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In a stunning insult to India, US ‘Hyphenates’ India & Pakistan.

Flight of falcon

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What more Indians need to realize their true value? Modi has brought their foreign policy and their strategic role to a dead end street. Dream on about the nuclear propulsion technology.....Americans have secretly discarded India and have moved on with Australia to counter China.

Gone are the days of Pak-Afghan US foreign policy.....now its PaK-India US policy.

Time to cry and curse Modi.....

 

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India is good in dirty games, after humiliation the entire Indian lobby will again start to work against Pakistan. So we have to be cautious.

Pakistan needs to focus on economy to improve the quality of life for Pakistanis.
 

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India is good in dirty games, after humiliation the entire Indian lobby will again start to work against Pakistan. So we have to be cautious.

Pakistan needs to focus on economy to improve the quality of life for Pakistanis.
There will never be any win for falsehood. :)


And say: Truth has now arrived, and Falsehood has perished: for Falsehood by its very own nature is bound to perish.” Holy Quran: Chapter 17 Verse 81
 

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What more Indians need to realize their true value? Modi has brought their foreign policy and their strategic role to a dead end street. Dream on about the nuclear propulsion technology.....Americans have secretly discarded India and have moved on with Australia to counter China.

Gone are the days of Pak-Afghan US foreign policy.....now its PaK-India US policy.

Time to cry and curse Modi.....

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US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s visit to the sub-continent beginning today is an embarrassing setback for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government as the trip by America’s second-highest ranking diplomat clubs India with Pakistan, putting them in the same league.

New Delhi loves to call Pakistan a “failed state”, but Washington clearly disagrees and feels the necessity of counselling both countries — whose bilateral equation has plunged to its worst-ever since the Kargil war — behind closed doors on their soil. The Biden Administration has re-hyphenated Pakistan and India, instead of treating India independently and separately, leaving New Delhi squirming.

Bracketing India with Pakistan, Sherman will go to Mumbai tomorrow before flying to Islamabad to enjoy the fabled Pakistani hospitality on October 8 and 9. New Delhi abhors world leaders and high-ranking officials travelling directly from India to Pakistan, but that’s exactly what Sherman will do, causing India immense pain.

On an Equal Footing
Exactly a month ago, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief, William J Burns, held secret talks with the powerful Ajit Doval-headed security establishment in New Delhi, from where he flew to Islamabad for meetings with Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) head Lt General Faiz Hamid.

Washington is increasingly talking of India and Pakistan in the same breath, refusing to buy External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar argument: “How do you hyphenate a country, which is one-eighth of your economic size … which is reputationally your exact opposite … with us?”
It is immaterial whether Sherman chooses to discuss Kashmir, Afghanistan, China, COVID-19, vaccines or climate change. The unmistakable message is that the US is going to engage with India and Pakistan on an equal footing – and New Delhi must disabuse itself of notions of India’s superiority over Pakistan articulated in Jaishankar’s rhetoric. India will get no preferential or special treatment.

Also Read: India-Pakistan Relations: Can Gen Bajwa Finally Herald a New Era?

Importantly, the Modi government was even more distressed when Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently flew to Islamabad from New Delhi, demonstrating Moscow’s intention to party with Pakistan whether India likes it or not. India expects Russia to be mindful of its sensitivities as it imports so many weapons, but Russia clearly believes in arm-twisting buyers rather than mollycoddling them.

India is No US Favourite
Just because Biden lets Modi into the White House while Imran Khan hasn’t even received a telephone call, let’s not presume that we are the apple of US eyes. The biggest reason for Modi’s entry into the White House is that the world’s most powerful leader is also a salesman of the US arms and energy industries. Another reason for nominally indulging Modi is that he has assigned India a small, symbolic role in countering China.

Also Read: India Must Allow Pakistan to Save Face: Real Meaning of Moeed's Tirade

India couldn’t stop bragging about its defence partnership with the US and bagging a key role in the US’s Hawaii-headquartered Indo-Pacific Command through the QUAD. But New Delhi has been jolted out of its stupor by the recently formed Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) defence pact to provide nuclear submarines to Australia.

India had been hankering after nuclear propulsion submarine technology for decades, but was fobbed off by successive US regimes.

What the US mercilessly denied India has been suddenly given to Australia on a platter, creating a caste hierarchy in the QUAD, with India right at the bottom.
The US and Australia now comprise the QUAD’s white “A” team. Japan is not bothered as its defence and security is anyway guaranteed by the US. India is now an outlier, or, to be blunt, an ‘outcaste’ in the QUAD that our diplomatic establishment raved about.

US Wants India & Pak to Normalise Relations
There are many reasons for the US re-grading India. The Left progressive section of the Democratic Party has very serious misgivings about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), particularly Modi. India’s advice to ousted Afghan President Ashraf Gani not to abdicate also angered Washington. India also did not act on persistent US advice to start talking to the Taliban. India torpedoed the prospects of a Taliban-headed interim government in Kabul, which would have facilitated an orderly US withdrawal. The US also holds India’s protectionist tariff and customs responsible for their failure to clinch a trade deal.

But America’s biggest grouse is New Delhi’s refusal to normalise relations with Pakistan so that Islamabad can fully focus on implementing Washington’s post-withdrawal strategies in Afghanistan.
According to the US, the successful eight-month-long ceasefire at the India-Pakistan frontier is the perfect launchpad for peace talks, but New Delhi is not holding out an olive branch to Pakistan. India and Pakistan have recalled their High Commissioners, the strength of their embassies has been reduced by 50 per cent, and the nuclear-armed neighbours are not on talking terms.

Regardless of Sherman’s publicised engagements in both nations, her main goal is to convince Khan and Modi, or their representatives, to sit across the table as soon as possible.

Also Read: Peace With India Doesn’t Suit Pak Army. Why Does Imran Want Truce?

The just-released paper – “India’s path to power: strategy in a world adrift” – by New Delhi’s Centre for Policy Research hits the nail on the head by declaring that India’s “foreign policy is being driven by domestic political and ideological factorsthat are having a perverse impact on relations with Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh”. India can kickstart its re-engagement with Pakistan by allowing it to host the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit that the Modi government has been stonewalling since 2016.

(SNM Abdi is a distinguished journalist and ex-Deputy Editor of Outlook. This is an opinion piece, and the views expressed are the author’s own. The Quint neither endorses nor is responsible for them.)
 

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The US will never treat us anywhere near the level they treat India.

They have their own strategic needs and to them we have gone "rogue" and will never come back to them. They may not say it publicly but they realize they have lost a worthy ally in us and are now stuck with our neighbour who is incapable and too coward to have any use in the military scheme of things.

After loosing dozens of soldiers in what should have been a simple fist fight, USA had a rude awakening and realized how incapable their military forces really are.
 

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What more Indians need to realize their true value? Modi has brought their foreign policy and their strategic role to a dead end street. Dream on about the nuclear propulsion technology.....Americans have secretly discarded India and have moved on with Australia to counter China.

Gone are the days of Pak-Afghan US foreign policy.....now its PaK-India US policy.

Time to cry and curse Modi.....

I assumed pakistanis have dumped US and Israel :D
 

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Crying wolf at a stage when there were just some stray dogs seen. This isn’t abandonment of India but rather just realpolitik reminder that India’s policies are incompatible with US interests for now. Tomorrow when the Afghan situation settles it will be back to Hindu-Amreeki bhai bhai.
It could even be sooner considering the hundreds of thousands India(and NRIs) are dumping in US political action groups and using their tech power positions to assert influence.
 

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Crying wolf at a stage when there were just some stray dogs seen. This isn’t abandonment of India but rather just realpolitik reminder that India’s policies are incompatible with US interests for now. Tomorrow when the Afghan situation settles it will be back to Hindu-Amreeki bhai bhai.
It could even be sooner considering the hundreds of thousands India(and NRIs) are dumping in US political action groups and using their tech power positions to assert influence.
This! we are not countering it at all. You would see Indians (2nd generation) now over indexing in Congress/Senate staffer positions as well.
 

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This is perfect example of what happens to any entity, company or a country when lies, cheating, data falsifying, data fabrication, failures of facts, manipulation of media, twisting & distortion of facts on ground are given priority by Indian government.
 

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People are reading far more into the flight plans of people than is warranted - esp given how much the USA gives to India that it does not give to Pakistan ...
 

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