Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 May 2018 11:58:59









MAKING it clear that peace is essential prerequisite for dialogue, Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Ms. Sushma Swaraj have once again put the ball in Pakistan’s court. The Indian leaders’ apprehension of the rogue neighbour’s unwillingness to stop aiding terror was borne from the militant attack on Army camp in Pulwama and IED blast in Shopian area of Jammu & Kashmir just hours before they made their statements. India has never shied from having bilateral talks with Pakistan but with a caveat that terror and dialogue cannot go together. Peace talks need to be backed by concrete measures from both sides. The ceasefire and halt to anti-militancy operations in the Valley during Ramzan is India’s message of giving peace prominence. Yet, Pakistan has never shunned its habit of playing truant through unprovoked attacks and aiding infiltration on Indian soil. In such circumstances, India’s hard stand of not holding talks till Pakistan comes up with assuring peace measures is totally on the right ground.


THE straightforward statement of being ‘at the mercy of Congress in Karnataka’ by new Chief Minister Mr. HD Kumaraswamy is admission of a submissive role his party Janata Dal (Secular) will have to play while running the coalition Government in the southern State. The Congress-JD(S) alliance was always an uncomfortable marriage and sparks are bound to fly while sharing ministerial berths as well as rolling out welfare schemes for the State populace. Both the coalition partners were rejected by the voters in the Assembly elections as they chose the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the single-largest party. Power politics and Congress’ policy of being turncoats forced the party to join hands with its electoral rival to form Government. The unholy nexus is unlikely to see its full term in the office as cracks have started appearing since the swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Kumaraswamy’s comments have brought to fore the uneasiness his party will be facing after joining hands with Congress. It’s just a matter of time when the hammered compromise gets shattered.