Sanjay M wrote:What's the point in letting negotiations drag on -- it only makes us look weak, like beggars.
Why didn't we just bite the bullet and walk out of the talks? Or -- wait -- were we waiting for an ECOSYSTEM of understanding to develop? Pfft.
I think the best way to press our case is to push ahead with our indigenous program. That way the Americans will see that the clock is ticking, with time on our side, not theirs.
How much would it take to built another Kalpakkam? Why can't we start work on 3 more Kalpakkams right now?
In strategic affairs one should let the other guy walk out. One should understand that the game is not just between the two but there is the audience too. By now its very clear that the US did do a bait and switch with the J18 and the Hyde Act. Only those who are wrapped up in their own hubris like Texmati wouldn't see it that way.
And how does one know if GOI isnt doing its best to shore up its cards in order to deliver the right message?
The mining has been pushed forward in Andhra Pradesh. The helicopter deal was squashed. The Bofors was de-selected. Next it will be the MRCA.