Thursday, May 13, 2004
Security, Defence and Foreign Policy: The Congress Agenda

Okay, there is positively going to be problems between India

"Till this day, the country has never been taken into confidence about the outcome of several rounds of discussion between Jaswant Singh and Strobe Talbott. Sadly, a great country like India has been reduced to having a subordinate relationship with the USA where the USA takes India for granted" the document says.

Chidanand Rajghatta thinks that while this might suggest some near-term hardening of position towards Washington, the reading in the US diplomatic community is that the Congress foreign policy is now driven by younger elements – like Salman Khursheed and Jairam Ramesh – and professional diplomats, like former foreign secretary J N Dixit, who are more pragmatic than the old leftist-socialist folk.

The problem is that the leftist-socialist folks are still going to pull the strings, unless Sonia acts really decisive - where the problem is. Sonia has never exhibited such a will. She has always tried playing backroom manouevres even against opponents who are very much friable (quite a long list could be quoted here - headed by Sitaram Kesri to Karunakaran). Which is why I am scared.

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