This refers to the article “The limits of coercive diplomacy” (Nov. 4). India is not gaining much from its stand on the dialogue process. With Pakistan, it has had many high-level dialogues and summits — not to forget the Agra summit — but instances of terror and bloodshed have not declined. Will the restart of a dialogue process by India not make Pakistan take things for granted? At least, the stand of no-bilateral-talks is sending a message to the family of the victims of terror and other Indians that the government means business.
There is surely a need for New Delhi to rethink its policy and restart the dialogue with Islamabad at the earliest. Almost a year has elapsed after 26/11. India’s coercive diplomacy has worked well and prompted Pakistan to admit the truth, at least partially, under international pressure.
But Islamabad has restarted the blame-game, taking advantage of our persistent refusal to restart the dialogue process.
A. Sudhakar Rao,