Raja-Mandala: Modi’s Pakistan opportunity

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The conventional wisdom in Delhi is that a serious engagement with Pakistan is not worth the trouble. It is no surprise, therefore, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold outreach to Pakistan has generated little enthusiasm among Delhi’s talking heads. But look beyond Delhi, and you might notice considerable support — including from many of the PM’s sworn political adversaries.

Consider, for example, the reactions to Modi’s Christmas Day para-drop on Lahore. The Congress party was quick to scoff at the government’s flip-flops on Pakistan. It is plain that the Congress is merely doing what the BJP did to it during the decade-long UPA rule.