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Close ties between Turkey & India are not possible!
When, Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey landed in India on May 1 for a two-day state visit, he seemed like a pale shadow of himself in comparison to the last time when he had visited India in 2008.

At that time, he was welcomed as a leader with a growing global stature, an example in the Muslim world for all the countries who aspire to achieve democracy. But, this time around, he has come after imprisoning tens of thousands of his countrymen. His current regime can only be compared to a totalitarian dictatorship.

For the past few months, he has been fuming against the West, claiming that they are treating Muslims as enemies. This, of course, being his new brand of politics. Having lost his previous image as a beacon of democracy in the Muslim world and blown Turkey's chances of joining the European Union, he is now reinventing himself as a champion of Islamism. Hopefully, during his Indian visit, he will not stir this anti-West pot.

In the Indian context, Erdogan is a very good friend of Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz Sharif. He has been repeatedly towing the Pakistani line against India. He has also been backing the 60-country OIC (Organisation of Islamic Countries) resolution supporting Pakistan's stance on Kashmir. With this background, it is too much to expect deepening of ties between New Delhi and Istanbul.

It would have been better for India to not have invited him at all in the first place. However, now, since he is already here, he must be politely told to keep his grievances to himself and not stirrup any new controversy. Although, economic ties between Turkey and India are OK, on the political and diplomatic fronts, nothing much can be expected from Turkey.

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