After two years of silence, India and Pakistan came back to the negotiating table this week with a mild 'chat' between our foreign secretaries. The talks themselves resulted in nothing concrete - they were merely a sort of 'how do you do?' But they signal bigger things to come in the future.
The first tentative talks saw both countries agreeing to talk on all issues and that the Pakistani Foreign Minister would visit India in July. The talks were best summed up by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao who declared "not holding talks has not yielded any returns".
While such a move is good for the eyes of the world, perhaps most Indians would wonder why we are so eager to forgive and forget, especially when every time we do so, it only leads to a bloodbath in India and a bloody trail back to Pakistan. Jammu and Kashmir is also a prickly issue and nothing has changed in the past two years to cause us to change our minds.
Perhaps it would be better to engage more strongly with Afghanistan and Bangladesh. At least we know that some results will come from such talks.
Image: Foreign Secretary,Nirupama Rao shakes hand with her Pakistani Counterpart Salman Bashir during the meeting in Thimphu,Bhutan on Sunday.