Pakistan’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s pleas for a “holistic approach” couldn’t stand the joint targeted offensive by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Modi against what they both dubbed as “sponsor of terrorism”. Blame game, rather than constructive engagement, was the hallmark of the Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan in Lahore’s once twin-city of Amritsar.
In the new millennium, India and Pakistan have already spent more years in “non-peace” than they have in peace. The peace, such as it was, lasted just a little over four years. An all too brief interlude sandwiched between three years of outright hostility over Kandahar and the fidayeen attack on the Indian parliament, and seven years (and still counting), of more hostility over Kabul, LoC killings, Mumbai, Pathankot, Uri, and now Nagrota.
Usual interpretation of the Indian Apex Court verdict on ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the National Anthem on 30 November, 2016 as curbing of individual’s freedom could hardly fathom the real intention behind the judicial overreach which is meant to serve a larger purpose. The verdict is in tune with overall political-moral ethos of the time.