Vir Sanghvi must be having a premonition that led him to jot very similar views in his column Indian Muslims and Pakistan that I expressed in this post in my Hindi blog about how BJP strategists think that the lollypop of Indo-Pak friendship can lure Muslim voters. However in his attempt to being non-partisan he brushes-aside Odd-vani's remarks as involuntary, so uncharacteristic of him. Vir says:

At a sub-conscious level, some Indians make the simplistic assumption that because (nearly) all Pakistanis are Muslims, so all (Indian) Muslims must be Pakistanis in their hearts.

Another HT columnist Pankaj Vohra resonates the views I expressed here, in his column Advani's yatra proves BJP has two mascots.

The decision of deputy prime minister L.K. Advani to begin yet another yatra has clearly demonstrated that the BJP is not a “one-man party.” While Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being projected by the NDA as its sole leader, the BJP apparently wants to ensure that Advani's status as the undisputed second-in-command doesn't go unnoticed even if it amounts to having two mascots for the party, something which may not be to the liking of the numero uno.