Trump's tweet is so unprecedentedly undiplomatic, indeed downright demeaning, that the least Islamabad must do is ask the American ambassador to go back home and drastically reduce the level of diplomatic ties with Washington.
It does not behove a prime minister, who has taken an oath to uphold the highest principles and ideals of the Indian constitution, to utter falsehoods and twist his political opponents' remarks to convey an impression that they are anti-nationals, traitors, and stooges of the "enemy" nation Pakistan.
"Go-karting is what's going on between India and China." This is how a retired senior Indian diplomat, in a recent conversation with me, described the current play of India-China relations. The description - two go-karts trying to hit each other as they race along the track - is vivid, apt and, well, very scary.
Prime Minister Modi would do well to heed these words and join the Belt and Road Initiative. Joining BRI does not mean declaring that India has no more differences with China. But it does mean India and China have embarked on a road that will reduce their differences and promise a better future for both.
Modi seems to be following Vajpayee's footsteps. On normalising the internal situation in Jammu & Kashmir, he has reiterated the first BJP prime minister's wise policy of promoting "Insaaniyat (humanism), Kashmiriyat (syncretic Hindu-Muslim ethos of Kashmir) and Jamhooriyat (democracy)"
What triumphs in history - hope or despair? Despair seems to be the obvious answer, given the cycle of hostilities and violent conflicts that has repeated itself from time to time in different parts of the world.
The latest target of the hate-Pakistan brigade is Naseeruddin Shah, one of the finest and most cerebral actors of Indian cinema. He has been attacked for speaking the blunt truth, says Sudheendra Kulkarni