Though Indian army chief Bikram Singh took a tough stance on Pakistan in his press conference, India is yet to tackle the issue through any strong military action. The government has also vowed for a diplomatic solution to the problem. But has the time come to ask the question: Is this diplomacy a failed attempt?
No, said G Parthasarathy, former Indian High Commission to Pakistan. Speaking to Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN, he said, "Previously diplomacy has always worked. It has not failed to deliver. But foreign policy is a complex issue."
"General Musharaf kept his word during the time when BJP was in power and there was no terrorism from their side, " he said. But after that, he said the army under Kayani completely hijacked the issue and that ruined the process of diplomacy.
He, however maintained that Pakistan should be paid back in their own coin and that things should not be softened - as for the matter of beheading the India soldier Lance Naik Hemraj Singh could not be dealt like a simple matter. "A retribution will take place quietly (from the side of Pakistan) at any point of time now," he added.
However, Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar criticised such whipping up of emotions by calling these reactions 'petulant' and 'immature'. He said, "Dialogue is only the solution to the problem of India and Pakistan."
"The greater the crisis, the more the need for dialogue. When things are hunky-dory the need for dialogue is much less," he added.
First Published On : Jan 15, 2013 12:45 IST