Indeed, the Mumbai terror attacks will cast a sinister shadow when Indian ambassadors and high commissioners gather at the Foreign Service Institute in Delhi for a three-day meeting. Officials say terror will now dominate what was earlier supposed to be an exercise to define the country's major foreign policy goals and ways of meeting them.
The two main themes at the meeting are 'Economy' and 'Security'. Post-Mumbai, the Indian leadership has been arguing that the terror attacks in the financial capital, as also those elsewhere in the last few years, are aimed at arresting India's economic growth and development. Officials feel 'elements' in Pakistan have masterminded these attacks because they fear they won't be able to otherwise match a rising India's economic and political clout. An interaction with the leadership will provide the ambassadors a sense of how New Delhi plans to deal with the emerging scenario.