India’s long-term interests therefore call for New Delhi to insist on strengthening state institutions vis-à-vis the military establishment now, at a time when outside powers are interested in Pakistan’s stability. Even as India engages President Musharraf bilaterally, a separate multilateral process will allow it to pursue other imperatives of the stabilisation process.
These, however, are matters to be addressed by those who practice foreign policy and are more in the technical realm. The larger issue is to regain the policy horizon that shrunk after the Nehru years. At that time India had a large influence in world affairs for the wrong set of reasons. Today when the right reasons exist, there seems to be no will to go where we have been before.