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Ashok K Mehta

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    ... My tribe of convenors of India-Pakistan Track II diplomatic conversations is forever looking out for windows of opportunity for resuming the official dialogue. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj robbed the little suspense there was of such an opening by declaring there will be no bilateral dialogue between prime minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, on the sidelines of the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at Astana, Kazakhstan, today. Of course, Modi is not going to be bound by anyone’s directive – he is the only leader in India today who has the courage and the bandwidth as well as the credibility to say and do anything, and get away with it. So when he ran into Nawaz Sharif yesterday, as he was bound to do on the first day of the SCO meeting, he asked about Nawaz’s mother’s health. Predictably, the media went into a spin, wondering if this was an incipient first step in a renewed dialogue. ...

    Indian Express on June 9, 2017, 11:05 a.m.