24 November, 2020

Donald Trump's Bluff On Kashmir Creates Unexpected Diplomatic Challenge For Itchy India

Post Donald Trump's unsolicited, mediatory hand in 'solving' the Kashmir issue, India has to frame its Pakistan policy in the light of the Afghan talks and the FATF ruling

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Donald Trump's Bluff On Kashmir Creates Unexpected Diplomatic Challenge For Itchy India
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2019-07-26T11:19:06+05:30

The stream of misinformation, to put it mildly, befuddled the world, and it started right from January 2017, when Donald Trump assumed office as president of the United States. Since then, he has shown an endless appetite for creating controversy through deceit and rude comments, mostly through tweets directed both at leaders he claims are ‘close friends’ and at a long list of bêtes noire. The marvel is how impervious he is to howls of derision and protest, of being cal­led a peddler of barefaced lies, a willing victim of delusional urges. Those beady eyes and upturned chin conc­eal a stone wall of the highest integrity.

His latest salvo from Washington early this week targeted Prime Minister Nare­ndra Modi. Trump’s claim that Modi had sought his mediation on the Kashmir dispute with Pakistan sparked angry deb­ates, speculation and an adjournment of Parliament’s proceedings, along with a hurried and categorical rebuttal from the Indian foreign minister.

The sharp reaction in India is understandable. ‘Third...

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