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Friday, April 15, 2011

Rana googly leaves PM on sticky wicket

Freezing or calling off the re-engagement process in the wake of Tahawwur Hussain Rana's confession on 26/11 will be an easy option, but that will take both India and Pakistan back into stewing in their past, feels strategic expert B Raman.

In a column written a few hours after the meeting between Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousef Raza Gilani of Pakistan at Mohali on March 30, I had written as follows: "The goodwill and the benign interest in each other generated by the World Cup cricket semi-final was taken advantage of by our Prime Minister to make the 're-engagement' and 're-connecting' process possible. He should readily accept the reported suggestion of Gilani for a friendly cricket match between the two teams in Pakistan in the near future and visit Pakistan to keep this process of strategic discovery of each other going forward."

Our diplomacy with Pakistan has again entered a difficult and sensitive phase at a time when there were indicators that our prime minister was planning to move the re-engagement process further forward by agreeing to Gilani's suggestion for resuming bilateral cricket ties with the Indian cricket team playing one or more matches in Pakistan.

There are also indications that he might be favourably inclined to visiting Pakistan during one of these matches.

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Image: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi congratulates cricketer Sachin Tendulkar after India beat the former's team in the World Cup semi-final match at Mohali, which was witnessed by the prime ministers of the two nations
Photographs: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

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