Essay

Playing to the gallery

Print edition : October 03, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi beating a traditional Taiko drum at a TCS function in Tokyo on September 2. His veiled but fairly obvious reference to China's "expansionist policies" lacked diplomatic propriety. Photo: PTI

Pakistani High Commsioner Abdul Basit sees off Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah after their meeting at the embassy on August 18. Basit received the Indian Foreign Secretary's demarche disapproving of his meeting with Hurriyat leaders at 3-45 p.m., when Shah had already arrived for the talks. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He lamented, in 1950, that it was something of a disgrace that the Kashmir dispute had been allowed to drag on for so long. More than half a century has since passed, and the wound is still festering. Photo: The Hindu Archives

India will not become a “great power” by courting the “great powers”. Its greatness will be recognised and lauded only if it succeeds in resolving its disputes with the neighbours and establishes an atmosphere of civility and relaxation.
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