Management of contradictions key to India-Pakistan stability(Commentary)

May 24th, 2008 - 11:04 am ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh
By C. Uday Bhaskar
The just concluded visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Islamabad (May 20-21), and the tenor of domestic developments in both India and Pakistan over the past week, suggest that many opposing impulses are at play in both polities and that astute management of these multiple contradictions will hold the key to nurturing stability in the troubled bilateral relationship. The Mukherjee visit was important in that it was the first high-level political contact by the United Progressive Alliance government with the newly elected civilian dispensation in Pakistan and while no major breakthrough was expected - the commitment to the composite dialogue process agreed to in January 2004 by the Vajpayee-Musharraf communiqu

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