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V. SUDARSHAN | Oct 29, 2016

What good is a declaration wherein BRICS nations pledge to counter international terrorism and yet stand so far apart from each other?

Our foreign policy is entering an age of neologisms. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar recently introduced a new wrinkle in our strategic posture by reportedly telling members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs that there was a “politico-military” message in the September 29 surgical strikes. It appears that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has amplified that message by comparing the strike with Israel’s military exploits which have gained the status of myth, such as the country’s bombing of Osirak in 1981 when eight F-16s dropped 16 two-tonne bombs on the nuclear reactor located south-east of Baghdad. The reactor had been provided by France and was barely three days away from going on stream.

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