In a piquant development, both the winner and the loser of the just-concluded election for the non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council have claimed India’s vote . It gets more curious because the winner is Pakistan, against whom India has thrice gone to war, and the loser is Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan’s neighbour to the north and also part of mineral-rich CIS region, where India is desperately seeking a toe-hold.

Foreign minister S. M. Krishna.

And a pleased Kyrgyzstan sent a formal thank you note to the foreign minister’s office.

Clearly, MEA has managed the impossible for now, but the issue is how long can it hold on to both claims.