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Foreign policy may wear a deceptive look of continuity, but then, there are defining moments when it dawns that the more things seemed to remain the same, the less they have been so in actual reality. The recently concluded BRICS summit in Goa presented one such defining moment.   
 
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The run-up to this Diwali has witnessed an unusual social media campaign to boycott Chinese-made products. In the wake of China’s continued support for Pakistan, the campaign has also found support from some sections of India’s political establishment.

 
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Even by the usual standards it was a l-o-n-g communique consisting of 109 paragraphs, each marked not by a number but by a bullet point. I can imagine what would have happened when the deputies gathered to draft the communique. I am reminded of how a camel was created: the Creator appointed a committee to design a horse and when the Creator breathed life into the design, a camel was born!  
 

It is a sad thing to admit, but it has been felt since September 29 that the BJP has allowed the worst kind of Hindutva warriors to try and steal the glory that belongs only to the Army. If the fake nationalists currently attacking Bollywood are real patriots, let them send their children to fight on our borders. I say this because as the daughter of an Army officer it annoys me to hear jingoistic talk from people who baulk at the thought of sending their sons to die in the war they want others to fight. Could it be time to consider compulsory military service?

 
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For a start, the new normal is not limitless. The use of force in retaliation or anticipation of terrorism is not suggestive of an Indian inclination for a full-scale war; not at all. The Narendra Modi government is conscious of that and has repeatedly said the cross-LoC strikes were targeting terrorism and not the Pakistani military. Diplomatically too the absolute isolation of Pakistan is not feasible. The Brics summit in Goa was a case in point.  
 
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Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s recent statement that there has been no meeting yet on withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan in 1996 indicates that the Centre may not be in a hurry to ban trade with its neighbour.   
 
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Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s recent statement that there has been no meeting yet on withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan in 1996 indicates that the Centre may not be in a hurry to ban trade with its neighbour.   
 
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Going back to China, the narration of a few 19th and mid-20th century “situations” would reveal from where Beijing has struggled to emerge in the 21st century. “He was insistent as his nine-year-old brother, Wu’er, had gone missing a week previously... He (Zhang Zhixi) knew — as all China knew — that (Western) foreigners were paying Chinese agents to kidnap children.” Why? Zhang would say: “They (foreigners) would gouge out his eyes.”

 
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Viewed thus, the RIC process, though a grand idea, has its obvious limitations. The conditions under which it was initiated are not exactly the same now for its real blossoming. Therefore, strategic partnerships among Russia , China and India are likely to remain strictly bilateral, that is, Russia-India, Russia-China and India-China. And when one comes to bilateral relations between India and Russia, the potentials are immense, to speak the least.  
 

In recent months, the loss of hundreds of lives of Kashmiris received far less media condemnation as opposed to those of soldiers. The binary of a “martial” Pakistan versus a “democratic” India dissipates into thin air when a country’s media wants to launch a war for the loss of soldiers, but doesn’t urge the government to soothe the troubled soul of Jammu and Kashmir. The reduction of the Kashmir issue to that of Pakistan’s intervention is a mirror image of what the Pakistani public has been fed with — that terrorism, the Baloch insurgency and natural disasters are all due to India.

 


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