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PM Modi's dramatic diplomacy

Bilateralism in international relations refers to the political, economic, or cultural relations between two sovereign states.

 

On Saturday night, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told India that the terrorist attack on Pathankot was over and we all went to sleep thanking god it had ended.

 

As they clasped hands while walking down the red carpet at the Lahore airport recently, Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and Narendra Modi of India looked more like close friends than the leaders of two countries whose tense relations have long been a threat to regional stability.

 

For some Pakistanis and Indians, the surprise Christmas Day arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lahore was like an appearance by Santa Claus himself — a moment of merriness and joy, greatly anticipated, and deeply cherished.

 

Relations between India and Pakistan are as unpredictable as it can get. One minute, the two countries are at each other's throats, and the next, we see the prime ministers of both nations holding hands.

 

The surprise visit by the Indian Prime Minister to Pakistan is being interpreted as a bold gesture aimed at restoring the dialogue for peace between the two countries. While one has to keep the fingers crossed, all peace loving citizens in India and Pakistan would wish that year 2016 would be a year of peace between both the countries, writes N.S. Venkatraman for South Asia Monitor.

 

Now that the initial burst of applause and criticism has died down after Prime Minister Modi’s surprise visit to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore, a dispassionate appreciation would be in order.

 

It was a moment of vindication for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif when his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, held his hand after hugging him upon his arrival in Lahore. 

 

Mr Modi has realised that because of the religious, sectarian and geographical dimensions of the conflict, and just when GCC nations want to have India’s security assurances, they consider Pakistan central to any security arrangements to fight Islamic State (IS) and act as a buffer against rising Iranian influence

 

If there is indeed a tide in the affairs of man, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was its shining manifestation in 2015. In the preceding year, he had demonstrated his golden touch by captivating the national imagination, breaking a 21-year jinx and winning a single-party majority in the Lok Sabha, and setting the stage for a remoulding of India.

 


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