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Inside track by Commi Kapoor: India-Pak talks, NSA Doval, Sardar Patel statue; here’s the buzz

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Brawn, not brain
The MEA statement announcing cancellation of talks between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers on September 26, within a day of confirming the meeting, is intriguing. The blunt announcement had undiplomatic phrases and even an inaccuracy. (It claimed that Imran Khan had been in office for a ‘few months’, when it had only been a month since he took over.) The wording so mortified former IFS officer Sharat Sabharwal that he tweeted in defence of his service. “IFS does not draft such election oriented statements or take such hasty flip flop decisions,” he said, adding that the thinking behind the statement was “more brawn than brain’’. Since MEA officials and the PMO claim privately that they did not compose the statement, the question is, who did so and why? It appears that the press release was written in a huff and a hurry after National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval reportedly expressed his reservations over the talks, even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to have okayed the meeting in principle. Doval is understood to have objected because he feared that Pakistan’s........

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