Union home minister P. Chidambaramhas described India’s neighbourhood as the most difficult one. His remarks at the US-India homeland security dialogue were more than a hint about a western neighbour that much like Merlin’s apprentice has unleashed magic it can’t control.
He is right, of course. But why does India bleat its case before other countries while pursuing a downright confusing course of action with Pakistan? Every now and then there is some “peace initiative” with that country while it remains least interested in peace.
The basic feature of international life is that other countries, at best, express sympathy for the misery of others while ruthlessly pursuing their own interests. This is lost on India, which continues to believe in a hopeless mix of moralism and multilateral persuasion. This won’t turn rogue countries into well-behaved nations