It was good to see Prime Minister Manmohan Singh openly doing some plain talking with Pakistani leader Asif Ali Zardari.
“I am very happy to meet you. But I must tell you quite frankly that I have come with the limited mandate of discussing how Pakistan can deliver on its assurances that its territory would not be used for terrorist attacks on India,” he said in full view of the assembled media.
This comment has not gone down too well in Pakistan, and expectedly so. But it is a sign that we could see a more determined PM in the months ahead, a far cry from the man who was seemingly too timid to take on his tormentors during the previous five years.
India will have to keep talking to its imploding neighbour—that is the harsh reality of geopolitics. But tough talk and action is also needed every now and then.
Though too much need not be read into one statement, we hope the same boldness filters into domestic economic and internal security policies.
That should silence the jibes about Manmohan Singh being a weak PM.