26 November, 2020

Bull's Eye

By the time this appears in print, a major cabinet reshuffle may have occurred. The prime minister has indicated as much. At the moment of writing, one ...

Bull's Eye
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By the time this appears in print, a major cabinet reshuffle may have occurred. The prime minister has indicated as much. At the moment of writing, one can't say what will happen. But in simple terms, one would like to explain what is happening.

Outweighing his handicaps, the PM has one major plus point. He remains committed to peace with Pakistan. That's the only guarantee of the subcontinent's progress.

At the time of the Agra summit, this column had described how it was sabotaged by groups working in tandem, in both India and Pakistan. Eventually, the summit failed because the word terrorism in the final draft could not be replaced by 'cross-border terrorism'. L.K. Advani was responsible for that. But he has come a long way since then. Today, he even roots for an Indo-Pak confederation.

The PM knows he can make one last attempt for peace with Pakistan. This time he doesn't want to botch it up. That's why he wants the reshuffle. The PM is the only one in the cabinet genuinely committed to peace with Pakistan. His colleagues think he is reaching for the moon. We...

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