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Modi's diplomatic coup- Both Pakistan PM & Indian Tamil politicians are in limbo!
Narendra Modi has the reputation that whenever something (good or bad) thrown upon him, he always use to throw back the same thing but packaged in his style, stamping his authoritative symbol so as put the initiator in a limbo! This had been proved repeatedly be it Sonia Gandhi’s ‘Merchant of Death’ and ‘Poison farming’, Priyanka Gandhi’s ‘Low Politics’ or Mani Shankar Aiyyer’s ‘Chaiwala’ remark.

Pakistan Prime Minister is at receiving end now. Nawaz Sharif very well knows the tough stand of Narendra Modi, who openly in TV interviews said that terror and talks can’t go simultaneously. He openly declared that he is not going to talk to Pakistan unless the terrorism across the border ends. Then what happened? Why Pakistan PM is invited?

One must not forget that Nawaz Sharif was first to congratulate Modi on 16th May 2014, on the counting day. He not only congratulated but also invited Modi to Pakistan as Indian Prime Minister. Nawaz perhaps felt that he is in advantageous state in inviting Modi. As a tough anti-Pakistan politician, Modi would never travel Pakistan till his conditions are responded positively and in such situation Nawaz could play his trump card in global polity that Pakistan is interested to have good relations with India, but later is least interested.

But it’s Narendra Modi. He immediately got the idea to invite head of states of SAARC countries including Pakistan's Prime Minister. He has achieved many goals in a single arrow. First he would be taking oath amid South Asian head of States, a presentation of his strength in the area. Then there is a dilemma in Pakistan administration. If Pakistan PM accepts the invitation, he will be clubbed in SAARC group without any special preference.

After oath taking ceremony Modi would thank all the SAARC heads from a podium following which Pakistan PM would have to return home. No chance of bilateral talks because for such talks Pakistan has to fulfill the condition of Modi. If Pakistan PM decides not to attempt, message would be spread simply in Global polity, that despite Modi’s extending hand, Pakistan didn’t honour. Thus problem is with Pakistan and not with India or Modi!

I strongly feel that Pakistan PM had to decide to come to take part in oath taking ceremony (although while writing this article, no decision is taken by Pakistan). Reason is, Pakistan by this time must have an idea about Modi’s style. If at all Pakistan PM decided not to come, in future Modi has the option to criticize Pakistan on bilateral talk citing that he is yet to know who is in charge of Pakistan!

If the democratically elected PM is in-charge, then he should have accepted the invitation. If invitation is not accepted then definitely it’s either from pressure of the Pakistani Military command or on Pakistani fundamentalist demand! In both case India can’t talk to them until a democratic government becomes truly in-charge! Isn’t it real dilemma for Pakistan and win-win situation for Narendra Modi!

Many may say that while repackaging Sharif’s invitation, Modi perhaps committed a mistake calling SAARC heads that include Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as entire Tamil parties including his own allies are opposing it. But as I said earlier, Modi always play brilliantly and achieves many goals with one arrow! Relations with Sri Lanka was his prime target as he was aware of the expert opinion that Sri lanka is gradually drifting towards other countries especially to China because of India’s cold shoulder treatment under the pressure of Tamil Politics!

China has already set up important establishments in Sri Lanka (also in Bangladesh) which are not good for Indian interest. For regional emotions, national interest can’t be sabotaged. Thus this is a time to indicate his resolve to improve relations with possible and potential neighboring countries! Inviting Rajapaksa as SAARC member has its own conclusion too. Not to forget Mahinda Rajapaksa is being accompanied by Chief of Northern Province of Sri Lanka who is a Sri Lankan Tamil! Northern Province is the province of Sri Lanka where Tamils are in majority! I wouldn’t be surprised if Mahinda Rajapaksa is advised by Modi for such accompanying! In any case presence of Sri lankan Tamil representatives along with Mahinda Rajapaksa would offset much of Indian Tamil politicians criticism and may be a new beginning will take place!

Thus one can conclude that even before swearing in, Narendra Modi has already orchestrated a diplomatic coup at least in South Asian political sphere!

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