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But Manmohan Singh will leave the Pakistan relationship in greater flux than he found it. After his low-key meeting in New York with Nawaz Sharif on Sunday, there is no avoiding the conclusion that Manmohan Singh will end his prime ministerial tenure without advancing his vision to transform India's relations with Pakistan.

 
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The feel-good factor created with the induction of the pro-peace Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan was nullified by competing calls for retribution across the Line of Control (LoC), the purpose of suh acts seemed to be provocation perhaps to jeopardise rapid developments on the liberalisation of trade and to frustrate Mr. Sharif’s eagerness to jump-start negotiations. India and Pakistan needs to break through the vicious cycle that dogs their peace efforts.

 
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Bangladeshi patience with Indian belligerence continues to be stretched. While Dhaka remains ever hopeful for the Land Boundary Agreement to be ratified by India, and the Teesta waters to be satisfactorily shared, a new blow was dealt to their faith in bilateral cooperation. The case of Felani’s killing by a BSF constable warrants attention and justice. Her memory must be kept alive to ask fundamental – and larger – questions about what transpires in the name of Indian national security, about inhuman border control regimes, about the nature of regional relations that the Indian state has been fostering.

 
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Whatever the outcome between Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh in New York later this month, the truth is that Pakistan must ask India for help to contain both insurgency and terrorism within, and India, as the bigger, richer, more populous and more powerful country must help write a new deal for Pakistan’s newly elected government. Pakistan needs help in defanging the terrorism that threatens that country. Can India think out of its own 1947 box?

 
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Padma Rao Sundarji interviews Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on issues of LTTE rehabilitation, upcoming elections in the country and Sri Lanka's changing relationship with India and China.

 
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Among all the neighbours, the nation whose birth is indelibly linked to India is Bangladesh. India should do all it can to resolve contentious issues with Bangladesh in order to strengthen the hands of the secular Sheikh Hasina government.  

 
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The best way to weaken anti-India forces in Pakistan is for New Delhi to commit itself clearly and purposefully to a peace process with the democratically elected civilian government there.

 
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Recently, Afghan President Hamid Karzai made his much-anticipated visit to Pakistan to discuss issues of national security and other key matters that concern the Pak-Afghan relations.

 
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This week, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh again emerged as a key figure factor in Sri Lankan politics as Colombo continued to woo the Indian leader, with External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris personally visiting New Delhi to invite Singh for the upcoming Commonwealth Summit.

 
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India and Bangladesh may not have been able to sort out all issues during the present tenure of Sheikh Hasina government, but it would be unfair to judge progress made in bilateral relations on the basis of just one or two issues.

 


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