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Top Billing Once Again

The US presidential visit and sustained efforts by South Block ensure India’s back in flavour

Top Billing Once Again
Top Billing Once Again
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The Clinton stardust is still speckling the subcontinental atmosphere as the rest of the international community makes a beeline to engage with what it until very recently regarded as an errant nation-India. Gone are those shrill attempts to isolate India for the nuclear tests. Gone (at least into the far background) are the demands for India to sign the CTBT, or else. Gone too are the accusations that India has turned Kashmir into a nuclear flashpoint.

Instead, we see reason and pragmatism and an almost total acceptance of the new nuclear reality. The billing and cooing is near-cacaphonic as Delhi-based diplomats say things like, "The nuclear issue is only one aspect of the relationship," and, "There are not enough high-level visitors from our country to New Delhi," and, "The status quo in Kashmir must be maintained-Pakistan must not be allowed to derail it."

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