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    Here is a nice OP-ed for Modi fan boys...

    Modi-fication?

    By Aakar Patel
    Published: July 12, 2015

    The writer is the editor and translator of Why I write: Essays by Saadat Hasan Manto, published by Westland in 2014. His book, India, Low Trust Society, will be published by Random House aakar.patel@tribune.com.pk

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to be congratulated for his brave move in announcing he will visit Pakistan.

    I do not only mean brave from the point of view of physical courage. I have been to Pakistan many times and not felt unsafe, and it is clear that Modi will find that he is given security of the highest standard. But even so, Pakistan’s most protected man, former president Pervez Musharraf had his convoy bombed twice and its former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was killed not that long ago. So Modi is brave in agreeing to go where even cricket teams have refused.

    The second way in which he has been brave is that he has defied many in our media and also our strategic affairs experts in reaching out to Pakistan decisively. More importantly, he is defying those Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters who insist that Pakistan only be dealt with firmly or not at all.

    Modi has, for a long time, been celebrated for thumbing his nose at Nawaz Sharif. India, for the last one year, has said it will be able to bend Pakistan to its terms. This was the reason that India sulked with Pakistan over non-issues like the Hurriyat meeting the Pakistani high commissioner. On other matters, like the almost incessant shelling across the Line of Control, it has become clear that the BJP could not sustain its posture that India had enough firepower to overwhelm Pakistan decisively. We did not. Given this reality, it was bound to happen that India would have to change its attitude towards Pakistan. Modi has done so, as I said, decisively. Visiting Pakistan by a man from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh who has viewed that nation as an eternal enemy is an exceptional gesture.

    My old boss M J Akbar, who is these days in the BJP as its national spokesman, put a brave face on this U-turn by Modi. He said that “for the first time Pakistan has accepted to combat terrorism in ‘all its forms’”. This is, of course, a lie. Pakistan has used this exact formulation — rejecting terrorism in ‘all its forms’ — since 9/11. In fact, the ‘all its forms’ phrase was specifically used by Pakistan to include what it says is Indian state terrorism in Kashmir! So for the BJP to now call it a triumph is a bit rich.

    The fact is that Modi went to Central Asia this week and would have learnt that any business he wanted to do for their natural resources, including gas, would happen only through Pakistan. India cannot expect Central Asia to dislocate itself and jump over Afghanistan and Pakistan. If we want good and robust relations with Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, we can only do that after we have good and robust relations with Pakistan.

    There is no running away from geography as that other BJP leader, Atal Behari Vajpayee, often said in his wisdom. I agree totally.

    Anyway, I should at this point toot my own horn. I had written this in November last year after yet another instance when Modi had changed his position on Pakistan:

    “Modi broke off talks with Pakistan without thinking his steps through, in my opinion. He said tough things about Pakistan but this week he was embarrassedly forced to shake hands with an enemy, Nawaz Sharif, despite his decision on breaking off talks. But why was he forced? Because this was inevitable, as some had predicted, since Modi’s policy was neither here nor there. It was merely posturing. Acting tough and inflexible when this was not affordable and was impractical. What benefit has this sulking brought us Indians?

    “Nobody in the BJP and none of its ‘hard’ supporters in the media can explain this. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley claimed he taught Pakistan a lesson through killing more of its civilians in border shelling than they killed ours. Assuming this was a lesson, and many Indians will disagree with this, can he guarantee that the shelling has ended forever? If he cannot, what was the point in not talking to Pakistan instead of working towards cooling things when they become heated?

    “The hard school of thinking has nothing substantial to offer and this has become clear over the last 20 years. The facts show this. India is not strong enough to muscle its way over Pakistan because the BJP has made the subcontinent a nuclear battleground. India refuses to have international mediation on Kashmir, and, at least at the moment, India will not talk to Pakistan. This situation will change and it is going to have to be India and the hard group that will have to bend.”

    The BJP has bent. Make no mistake, and ignore the brave but empty words of M J Akbar. Pakistan has not changed a single thing. It is the BJP and its unhinged supporters who have changed. And this is a very good thing.

    Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2015.

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    Wasn't there a thread which said Nawaz betrayed Pakistan ?

    Besides this guy who wrote the article is an idiot
     
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    Any PM of India with chest of 56 inch or 28 inch can not ignore geographical compulsions and neighbors so its prudent to start talks with Pakistan and lets hope for the best
     
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    You believe BJP hasn't changed its stance on Pakistan a bit? That's new...

    Who? :what:
     
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    Aakar Ahemd Patel, making money by writing cr@p against Modi since 2002. :tup:
     
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    Nop, i believe it was Shariff which bent to talk to Modi. First Pakistan canceled the Iftar meal for separatists just to talk which is in contradiction to its earlier stand, then they agreed to investigate the Mumbai terror attacks. He also did not mention any "Indian terrorism" in Pakistan. So Pakistan accepted Indian conditions for the talks...

    Full text of India-Pakistan joint statement on PM Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif talks in Russia - The Hindu
     
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    Apart from the usual suspects with their hate filled genocidal bigoted ideas from the other side(and some from this end too) that will soon be using their proverbial fecal holes to post away here, what is important to note is that the pragmatic side of Modi is pushing his desire to maintain his extremist votebank away. Which is a good omen, taking bold steps is the hallmark of great leaders.. and the paranoia associated with Modi may not be justified. History has a record of people going against their history to create big changes; if Namo is to be one of them is to be seen.
     
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    lol..the Mumbai killers, IC-814 Hijackers and likes of Dawood are literally walking freely in your homeland and not to mention Hero Worshiped and you blame us "extremists" for holding it against you.
     
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    Akar Patel can break the record of Highest Positive Ratings on PDF the moment he joins this Forum :enjoy::enjoy::enjoy:
     
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    Yes I can. Because people like you are why genocides and wars occur, why babies are cut out of their mother's wombs because they feel a need to avenge something to satisfy their own carnal needs.
     
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    Hats off !!!!
    History also has a record of distorting the facts and portraying the events looking from the prism of opinionated self styled scholars .
     
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    History also has a record of facts being a very fluid word. July is a hot month is a fact for people in the Subcontinent whilst July being a cold month is a fact for those in Australia.
     
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    Fair assessment. But Modi has to maintain his tough man-in-charge image. Also India-Pakistan talks have a history of being derailed (by design?). Can't expect much, but there sure won't be stadiums filled with cheering people. There was some game theory article I read long time back. To negotiate or not negotiate- which gives better outcomes?
     
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    Same facts are interpreted and perceived differently and yet both opposite views can be factually true. So its the matter of perception like colored glasses which makes the same fact seems different to the others.
     
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    Aakar patel.. half of us Indians would turn the page after reading his name....