Friday, June 10, 2005

INDIA: When a hawk turns dove

The good news emerging from the Advani visit is that there is unanimity among the political parties, including the ruling Congress, that the peace process has to be persisted with. The BJP can always have a stake in it for having initiated the process when former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee met Musharraf last January.The issue of the politics of the region taking an about-turn is more complex. Some observers have gone to the extent of saying that Advani has written his political epitaph in Pakistan. Other say the change is only skin deep and that Advani has gotten carried away by the emotion of his trip, as he was born in Karachi. He will soon be back to his old "hawkish" self, they say.

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