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Mushy's web sight

It has the razzmatazz, the chutzpah, sans anything you would expect on the website of a President. I am talking about the glitzy website of President Musharraf. For an armywallah, that he is at heart, it's difficult to give up the true colors, the paki belligerence towards India is there, savor this:

There was the much trumpeted bus journey of Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee to Pakistan in 1998 and my supposed refusal as the Army Chief to meet or shake hands with him. Then came the Kargil Operation with all its reality and distortions. It proved a lesson to the Indians and a rude awakening to the world of the reality of Kashmir. Heightened temperatures were tried to be cooled by me through my famous handshake with PM Vajpayee at the Katmandu SAARC Summit. The Agra summit saw a great breakthrough but ended up in a disappointing failure under the negative influence of some radical Indian Government functionaries in particular Mr. Advani. Later accusing Pakistan of involvement in an unfortunate terrorist attack on Indian Parliament, India decided to mobilize and amass its entire Army and Air Force on Pakistan's borders in a mass show of strength to coerce Pakistan. We moved forward our forces also and stood our ground firmly. I made sure that clear indications were sent across that any misadventure by India would be replied with resolute force by Pakistan.

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One way street to amity

Vajpayee went too ahead in accommodating Chinese sensibilities.

When I wrote this I was convinced that the recent visit of Prime Minister Vajpayee to China was an occasion for haughty talks in Indian media. The recent revelation that Chinese had transgressed into Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh during his visit, on the grounds that the state is not a part of India, is ample proof that Atalji had been walking on a one-way street. It is not surprising that the opposition smells something sinister going on. In his bid to make the visit monumental before the ensuing elections he went far ahead in accommodating the Chinese sensibilities on Tibet and came home with the Chinese acceptance of border posts in Sikkim for trading purposes as strong indication of recognition of the state by Beijing as a part of India. Shrewd Chinese diplomats refrained from saying so on record.

Will India have the guts to doubt Chinese authority over Tibet?