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India and Pakistan: Back to Square One?

Published on South Asia Monitor
August 24, 2014


Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif along with leaders of SAARC nations to his oath-taking ceremony on May 26 this year infused enthusiasm and hope for the prospects of better India-Pakistan relations. This was followed by a ‘Sari-Shawl’ diplomacy and exchange of letters reassuring people of the sub-continent that dialogue would continue. Attempts for reconciliation on part of both Modi and Sharif had come in for much praise in both countries. People on both sides expressed hope for a paradigm shift in the course of ties. Despite his anti-Pakistan rhetoric during the election campaign and his evident hardline views, even critics of Narendra Modi heaped praise and termed his invite to Sharif as a bold initiative – a diplomatic master-step.
In this context the Indian government’s decision to cancel foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan to be held on August 25 is no good news. India is upset with the Pakistan Hig…