One of the undesirable habits the Indian Prime Minister has picked up recently is to indulge in loosetalk!! His recent statements regarding Pakistan in his interviews to the US media are reminiscent of the past and should have been avoided at best.
Agreed he has expressed his views candidly in response to questions, but I wonder whether they are in conformance with India's foreign policy objectives. We no longer have to highlight Pakistan's misdemeanors to the world. Pakistan is already on the mat and Manmohan Singh is only withering away the recent goodwill generated between India and Pakistan by indulging in such Pakistan bashing.
That apart his statement about the feasibility of the Iran gas pipeline is really atrocious. Mani Shankar Aiyar is putting in tremendous effort to realize this project and more importantly until now both India and Pakistan had shown no inclination to bow to US pressure. But by casting doubts on the project right here in the United States, the Prime Minister has shocked everyone. His statement has really left a bad taste. I hope it was not the epitaph for the pipeline project.
While receiving his honary doctorate from Oxford University recently, he seems to have made statements praising the British rule in India. Although we should not make a fuss about this, I wonder what was the necessity to make such a speech. Strangely he doesn't find the need to comment on the fatwa issued against Imraana. (Oh.. he seems to have a become "secular" politician alright!).
And finally what was that "Not one of our 150 million muslims has joined the Al-Qaeda" nonsense? Am I to believe that Kashmiri militants, SIMI activists, Dawood Ibrahim, Al-Umma are all saints? Curiously a day after his "certificate" to Indian Muslims, one Mohammed Afroz was convicted by a Mumbai court for his Al-Qaeda links. I seem to forget that saying...was it... Foot in the mouth...