Thursday, December 29, 2005

'Break the mould' harangue, Take 2

C. Raja Mohan, in his trademark professorial style, recounts the hits and misses in India's foreign policy over the last year. The tone is optimistic, thanks largely to THE deal signed on July 18. And yes, for the seven-hundredth time, he exhorts the Manmohan Singh government to shed past shibboleths and chart a new course shorn of nostalgic underpinnings for the Non-Aligned era. (Natwar Singh's demise - political, of course - might infuse a semblance of rationality to the proceedings.)

Manmohan Singh’s problems on the foreign policy front, however, have less to do with the opposition of the BJP and the allied left parties. They are rooted in the growing self-doubt and a loss of nerve within the security establishment.

Now where have we heard that before?

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