Unless one of the most senior ministers in Narendra Modi’s Cabinet was bluffing on record his answers to pointed questions raised by Network 18 group CEO Rahul Joshi were tepid at best and smacked of bureaucratic stasis on issues where India can ill-afford to be complacent This isn’t to say that Rajnath should have launched an invective rhetoric on Sino-Pakistan axis and risk jeopardising statecraft but the worry is that no statecraft seems to be visible when it comes to India’s China and Pakistan policies All we have is hopeful optimism a tactic that is futile and even dangerous today Other than ‘hope’ Rajnath Singh didn’t seem to have much to offer PTI Rajnath called Pakistan’s house arrest of Hafiz Saeed dikhawa (eyewash) but when asked what would be India’s next step to ensure that the 26/11 mastermind is brought to justice and put behind bars the home minister said "We are continuously trying to ensure that action is taken against such terrorists terror organisations and their bosses Our prime minister has tried to get the international community on board on the question of terror and in a lot of ways he has been successful" And what could be these "continuous" steps that Rajnath was speaking of What measure does he have of the success that India has apparently achieved on Hafiz Saeed A report in CNN News 18 has shown that despite the so-called "house arrest" Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa office in Lahore’s Model Town was "buzzing with activity" But India’s response to this sham of an arrest was equally telling On Pakistan’s statement that India needs to provide more "concrete evidence" to nail the chief planner of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that left 166 civilians killed and over 300 injured the External Affairs Ministry said that "the so-called concrete evidence that the Pakistani establishment is looking for is already available in Pakistan All they need is to find the requisite political will" Beyond appealing to Pakistan’s conscience there seems to be little meat in India’s plan Right now there is no incentive for Islamabad to take real credible action against Saeed except as the minister rightly pointed out indulging in a game of smoke and mirrors Already Jamaat-ud-Dawa Saeed’s front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiyaba has been re-branded under anew name —Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir This ‘hopeful optimism’ again camethrough when Rajnath was asked about India’s plan to get Dawood Ibrahim back though CNN News-18 came up with evidence that he is being sheltered by Pakistan But Rajnath offered little beyond "sooner or later" "I am confident that sooner or later we will be successful in getting Dawood Ibrahim back to India Our efforts are on There is no two ways about the fact that Dawood is in Pakistan We have repeatedly told the government of Pakistan that Dawood is nowhere else but in Pakistan Where exactly he is in Pakistan that too we have told the Pakistani government" he said during the interview If India’s policy on Pakistan seems clueless enough the relationship with China appears to be a mystery wrapped in an enigma To a question on why India has not been able to persuade Beijing on NSG membership or on Masood Azhar the home minister said "I believe he should be jailed and his organisation should be banned In this we need the support of everybody Perhaps China didn’t support us because of its own internal issues but in the future they will That is my hope They will support us to ban Masood Azhar" Is "hope" the only thing the home minister has to offer When it comes to protecting a nation’s sovereign interests or extending geostrategic influence New Delhi can take a lesson or two from Beijing The prime minister’s Act East policy which involved discussion over providing the Akash surface-to-air missile system to Vietnam triggered a furious response from Beijing Its state-run newspaper Global Times ran an editorial issued a bare-knuckle warning "If the Indian government genuinely treats its enhancement of military relations with Vietnam as a strategic arrangement or even revenge against Beijing it will only create disturbances in the region and China will hardly sit with its arms crossed" it had written It also reacted with similar belligerence to US President Donald Trump’s tough talk on One-China policy Shortly after the then US President elect had stirred up a hornet’s nest by receiving a congratulatory phone call from the Taiwan President China’s foreign ministry spokesperson minced no words "The one-China principle is the political foundation of China-US relations Any US administration has the responsibility to honour the bipartisan commitment of successive US governments to continue to uphold the one-China principle" Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing according to news agency PTI The point being made is that there is no place for stasis and inaction in a post Cold War era where the global geopolitical order is changing rapidly Instead of issuing ‘cautious optimism’ India should work seriously with the new US administration and tap Asian neighbours like Japan Australia or Vietnam to hedge against China’srevisionist tactics While Beijing is ready to undercut India’s rise by using Pakistan as an effective tool our leaders seems heavy and leaden-footed in developing counter-strategies Firstpost’sAjay Singh wrote recently on how a top government official in Cambodia told him that whileChinese Japanese and Indonesian businessmen are busy taking advantage of the nation’s relaxed rules on tax-breaks and full foreign ownership of business projects Indians are lagging far behind "Why you guys are not open to us You probably look to Europe and the US and tend to ignore the eastern part of Asia" he asked There is no place for complacency in foreign policy India needs to be more proactive in building a credible deterrent to Sino-Pakistan axis Negligence would result in a heavy price Thiruvananthapuram: Former Union Minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Friday said he would cooperate "100 percent" in the investigation into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar Reacting to the Delhi police seeking court permission to conduct lie detector test of three key witnesses to verify certain evidence in the case Tharoor said that "I have nothing to say now on an issue in which police investigation is progressing’ Shashi Tharoor AFP "Let the police do their job I will not disturb them.I will cooperate with investigation 100 per cent" he said "I have got something to say But I will speak after the investigation is over" he added The Delhi Police had approached a court seeking permission to carry out polygraph test on Narain Singh who is domestic help of Tharoor driver Bajrangi and family friend Sanjay Dewan PTI Mumbai: An average 3143 percent polling was recorded till 1 pm in the 19 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra where second phase of polling is being held today The highest voter turnout so far was recorded in Kolhapur at 4065 per cent followed by Hathkanangale in Western Maharashtra at 3980 percent Representational image AFP Among early voters were Union Home Minister and Congress candidate in Solapur Sushilkumar Shinde and NCP nominee in Pune district’s Baramati constituency Supriya Sule daughter of party chief Sharad Pawar Former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who had to quit three years ago over the alleged involvement in the Adarsh Housing scam cast his vote around 830 AM at a booth in Shivaji Nagar are of Nanded city He was accompanied by his wife and other family members Social activist Anna Hazare who also cast his vote in the morning in his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district while talking to PTI asked the voters to avoid voting for candidates with criminal background and corruption charges "Voters can choose the option Of ‘NOTA’ (none of the above) if no candidate is eligible" Hazare said BJP’s Gopinath Munde who is seeking a second term as MP from Beed also cast his vote at a booth in Nathra village of Parli tehsil in the district Young voters as well as senior citizens were seen lining up enthusiastically since early morning in Pune city which experienced a drizzle in the wee hours There were also reports of peaceful polling from Shirdi and Kolhapur No untoward incident was reported so far The constituency wise voting percentage till 1 PM is: Hingoli 3065 pc Nanded 33 pc Parbhani 3529 pc Maval 2890 pc Pune 2583 pc Baramati 2053 pc Shirur 3258 pc Ahmednagar 21 pc Shirdi 21 pc Beed 3696 pc Osmanabad 3641 pc Latur 3270 pc Solapur 3110 pc Madha 3514 pc Sangli 3148 pc Satara 3123 pc Ratnagiri- Sindhudurg 3294 pc Kolhapur 4065 pc and Hatkanangle 3980 pc PTI Narendra Modi clearly prides himself on being ‘in’ with the trends Twitter Nailed it Facebook Conquered it Trolling Hah So it was only a matter of time before he joined the camera-loving selfie-clicking hordes who have been flooding social media timelines across India Shortly after casting his vote in Gandhinagar Modi stood in front of scrum of TV cameras and with a theatrical flourish gave them the most meta photo op ever He raised his innocuous looking white mobile phone and took a picture of himself while attempting to hold his indelibly inked finger and a BJP lotus aloft All the other cameras inevitably went crazy It was a great moment ruined only slightly by the fact that the BJP Prime Ministerial nominee in his zeal stuck the BJP lotus symbol right up his nose: That had to hurt: Screengrab from Twitter What ought to have been a cool Modi moment was ruined by the inappropriately placed kamal The lotus is indeed rising but right into Modi’s nostril in this case Ouch First there was the SRK Smirk then the Piggy Chops Pout and now the Modi umm Moochie Not one to be deterred by inconvenient baggage BJP Prime Ministerial candidate held firmly onto the errant lotus right through the impassioned speech he made right after to the assembled media — much to the annoyance of the Congress party which has since complained to the election commission that Modi had no business displaying the BJP symbol anywhere near the polling booth we expect he is already working hard to make sure he nails it the next time around — preferably without a sharp object in hand. who survived trafficking at the hands of ISIS,apart from nine motorcycles and fake stamps of DTO office and other documents. 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