As it goes – Narendra Modi thought – and Nawaz Sharif proposed – and two met – while Narendra Modi was to leave for India via Pakistan’s airspace – as reports say..
But shouldn’t we leave the part – ‘as reports say’ – and instead should prefer to go with the part – ‘as it goes’?
Are there written rules for policymaking on diplomacy?
No, there should not be and there cannot be!
Written rules are for extremes of policies made in a democratic nation that India is!
Written rules, like in a constitution, ensure that what a policy must not do!
Written rules define boundaries of policies according to times and are open to time-specific changes!
Written rules don’t say ‘do not follow or mend a policy’ because it is contrary to the position earlier taken – if it is not akin to compromising with sovereignty of the country!
Written rules don’t say, in case of India-Pakistan talks here, that talks should be done on ‘this or that’ precondition!
Written rules don’t say that ‘don’t tweak your policies to take an altogether different approach to try something good even if it means trusting a nation like Pakistan with bad track record on this parameter’!
Written rules don’t say that ‘don’t take a path opposed to the one taken previously as it is not in sync with domestic politics of the nation’!
Written rules never say diplomacy cannot be exercised ‘the common man’ style!
So, what is wrong if Narendra Modi chose to have a brief stopover in Pakistan to wish Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani prime minister, personally on his birthday – doubling the day’s moments of joy as it was also the wedding of Sharif’s granddaughter that day!
Shouldn’t we see this as the ‘icing on the cake’ – that doing this on the day – on December 25 – gave the developments an overall higher appeal to the symbolism of this ‘common-man-esque’ call as the day happens to be birth anniversaries of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Atal Bihari Vajpayee as well?
Why should we go on scouting for ‘inside stories’ and why should we go on endlessly about possible scoops?
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/