We have got the papers today.” Shah Rukh said at the event. It’s mutual, in Panama City,demand security? The discovery of additional natural gas reserves and the use of new technologies like fracking for producing natural gas from shale deposits have transformed the supply situation Traditional importers like the US are investing massively in the exploitation of domestic shale deposits There is talk of US becoming a net exporter of natural gas in the not too distant future The unfolding changes in the distribution of natural gas production make it imperative for India and Qatar to work out a new set of agreements on volumes and pricing of gas supplies In 2008India and Qatar recognised new opportunities for promotion of investments in each others industries Sitting on massive petro dollar surplusesQatar offered to consider making substantive investments in Indian infrastructure and other sectors But there has been little movement since then Meanwhileas the UPA government sent out anti-business signals and dampened the international investor confidencethe emirate has been focused on acquiring assets in the West While businesses from the rest of the world are queuing up in Doha to participate in many mega projects the Olympics in 2020 and the football World Cup in 2022for example Indian corporates have been tardy in establishing a credible presence in the emirate Singh and Hamad have their task cut out in facilitating an integration of the two economies In 2008PM and Hamad agreed to deepen defence cooperationespecially in the maritime domain While the notion of India as a regional security provider has grownIndias ponderous defence establishment has been unable to respond to the demands for security assistance from Qatar In the years since the PM travelled to Dohathe political situation in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East has evolved beyond imagination As new forces rise from the wreckage of the Arab SpringQatar has put itself at the centre of the current disorder in the Middle East Doha has also injected itself into Afghanistan by promoting a dialogue between the Taliban and the West as the US begins to withdraw its military forces by 2014 If Delhi aspires for any political influence in our turbulent western neighbourhoodDoha is one of the important places to focus on Qatarin turnhas every reason to look east towards India as an important element in its economic future and the regional balance The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: August 23 2014 2:00 am We must not forget that India had suspended peace talks with Pakistan in the past as well Related News By Kalvakuntla Kavitha In the run-up to the Lok Sabha election Prime Minister Narendra Modi often took swipes at the UPA government for its Pakistan policy He criticised the Congress and blamed its soft attitude towards Pakistan for cross-border tension Initially though the PM surprised his critics by extending an invitation to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing-in The bonhomie did not stop there Sharif and Modi also exchanged sarees for their ageing mothers It was hailed as a landmark moment in the troubled history of the India-Pakistan relationship After this to many “hardliner” Modi looked much more like a “soft” leader But even before completing 100 days as prime minister the Modi-led BJP government has done a U-turn Angry with the Pakistan high commissioner for meeting Kashmiri separatist leaders before foreign secretary level talks the NDA government has cancelled all bilateral talks with Pakistan with a stern warning that it should either “talk to separatist leaders or the Indian government” It is good that the Centre has realised that exchanging sarees and receiving bullets and bombs from Pakistan can’t go hand in hand The BJP government was also accused of facilitating journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik’s meeting with terrorist Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan Even though Vaidik denied that either government played a role in setting up the meeting he failed to provide a convincing answer Before the dramatic developments earlier this week there was no difference between the previous UPA government’s policy towards Pakistan and that of the BJP government Stung by criticism the Centre seems to have woken up Still the sequence of events exposes the duplicity and confused foreign policy of the Modi administration The government erred in going out of its way to please Pakistan Did we not know that Pakistan is not a reliable and trustworthy neighbour In the name of “peace talks” Pakistan has been fooling successive Indian governments foreign policy mandarins and the international community Pakistan’s institutional support to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of India is an established fact As a member of Parliament I believe that the ritualistic drama of holding periodical “peace” talks with Pakistan must end These talks have yielded nothing in the last few decades and are unlikely to do so My party the Telangana Rashtra Samiti with its 11 members in Parliament will support the strong stand taken by the prime minister against Pakistan Like many Indians we too feel that India’s generosity is being seen as weakness by Pakistan People who have made peace talks with Pakistan a business are understandably disappointed with the government’s sudden decision to put an end to dialogue There have been hundreds of peace missions and candlelight vigils over decades Sadly none prevented Pakistan from allowing or worse sponsoring anti-India terror campaigns Pro-Pakistan elements and so-called peace-nicks who have made their careers out of the dialogue with Pakistan are still urging the government to continue the talks but this is not going to help the Indian people Also important is the role of Kashmiri separatists As the word “separatists” suggests they don’t want Kashmir to remain with India They argue that there is no solution to the Kashmir issue within the framework of the Indian Constitution Why should the government entertain such elements We must not forget that India had suspended peace talks with Pakistan in the past as well After some time both nations went back to the table with no results Hopefully this will not happen again Within and outside Parliament the TRS will back the Modi-led NDA government when it comes to the national interest Instead of nitpicking all political parties must back the government if the government wants to teach a fitting lesson to Pakistan The writer is a TRS Lok Sabha MP from Telangana For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: January 13 2015 12:00 am Related News The Supreme Court is the custodian of the Constitution of India and the higher judiciary has played a crucial role in supporting the separation of powers an important feature of our democracy Among the countervailing forces of the legislature the executive and the judiciary the last has protected its freedom most jealously and zealously and urged the other two to stay in line Besides with progressive judgments on a diversity of issues the high courts and the Supreme Court have shouldered the work of the other two pillars of democracy when they flagged in their efforts When the legislature has failed to frame laws in keeping with public needs the courts have wanted to know the reason When the government has failed to act on those laws the courts have reminded it of its duty Indeed the courts have been custodians even of the freedoms which have created a flourishing press in India Perhaps no other democracy has owed so much to its judiciary which has served as a compass in choppy political seas reminding its leadership of who they are laying down lines that cannot be crossed and deepening the meaning of democracy itself And so when the chief justice of India publicly endorses the prime minister it causes some unease Justice HL Dattu has declared Narendra Modi to be “a good leader good human being and a man with foresight and one who wants good governance” Perhaps these observations were made in good faith to be read as one man’s private opinion It would have been better if it had been kept that way The CJI went on to add that relations between the judiciary and the government have been cordial during his tenure which continues until December But Justice Dattu’s remarks come at a time when there is debate — and disquiet — about the proposed National Judicial Appointments Commission which would wrest the right to appoint judges from the judiciary The move could be challenged in the Supreme Court which he presides over In the courtroom the CJI has been just and been seen to be just His judgment in the course of the 2G trials for instance had laid down the precedent that bail is a right and withholding it the exception With all respect his statement made in a forum where it was bound to be reported only revalidates the old principle that judges should 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