If the Agra summit fails, Prime Minister Vajpayee will be remembered as one who merely legitimised a dictator. If the summit succeeds, President Musharraf could reasonably hope for a future democratic mandate. The stakes for both leaders, therefore, are high.
Experience shows that a phased movement towards peace fails because vested interests sabotage progress. Vajpayee and Musharraf must, therefore, clinch a first move that makes progress towards peace irreversible.
What can that first step be?