'It truly is cricket, to use that phrase. Sporting contacts epitomise in many senses the substance, the essence of people-to-people contact: it is about peace, it is about reconciliation, it is about healing wounds'
Tagore’s vision of India and China was founded on the realization that the true depths of the relationship between the two countries are embedded in the cultural interaction of yore between the two countries
Even if the foreign secretary's visit to meet the Dalai Lama was not connected with the Chinese decisions announced during Mr Zardari's visit, it is important for India to let China know its indignation
The foreign secretary invokes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and " our interlocutors" while reassuring Iran about its prominent place in India's "Look West" policy: ' We are of the region and will belong here forever'
' There is a trust deficit. Some also refer to a vision deficit, especially since India has over the years sought to spell out a broader vision of our relationship while a similar definition has not been easy for Pakistan to enunciate'