Mr Mukherjee exposes the Emperor’s new clothes

Despite the atmospherics, Pakistan continues to sponsor terrorism

Pranab Mukherjee, India’s defence minister, has decidedly strayed from the official Indian line.

Delivering the Dr V.N. Tewari Memorial Oration on “Peace Perspectives in South and South East Asia: Changes and Opportunities” at Panjab University, Mr Mukherjee said that while on one hand Pakistan talked of its fight against terrorism, on the other hand it was abetting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan is still intact despite the recent thaw in Indo-Pak ties. ISI-sponsored infiltration attempts are still going on and terrorists are being given special training to negotiate the border force. Though infiltration into the Kashmir valley has decreased in the last four months due to vigil by Indian forces, a large number of terrorists are sitting on a launching pad on the other side to cross the border,” Mr Mukherjee said. [The Tribune]

Unfortunately, his boss, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh still nurses hopes that India and Pakistan can fight terror together — how that is possible when the ISI is going about its business as usual is difficult to fathom.

One way to look at this is that India is playing a good cop/bad cop routine. Be that as it may, it is quite refreshing to see someone point out that yes, the Emperor is quite naked.

5 thoughts on “Mr Mukherjee exposes the Emperor’s new clothes”

  1. yes indeed. It was our misfortune to have a newer version of nehru in foreign affairs, and that too from the BJP.

    Mr.Mukherjee seems to be doing a good job as defence minister -something I wonder why is it that the defence ministers more often than not seem competent and doing a good job?

  2. I attended a talk Pranab Mukherjee gave at the University of Chicago back in 1994, where I was an undergrad. Shortly before his arrival, a prominent Muslim shrine in Srinigar was destroyed by fire, and Kashmiris took to the streets. I asked him how these recent events would affect the Rao’s government hopes of holding state level elections. Addressing teh shrine issue first, he noted that this shrine was revered by Hindus as well. He then pointed out that the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan had been around since 1947, and despite having gone to war twice over it, the local population did not get involved. “Why are we seeing such violence now?”, he asked the audience. He laid the blame on Pakistani-aided infiltration.

    His grasp of English was pretty good, although not as polished as Pakistani diplomats often seem to be. To his credit, Mukherjee did not exhibit the long-windedness that seems to be a requirement for many Indian diplomats.

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