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if the young prince had spoken he may have described Pakistan or even the LoC as ?a state of mind? By comparisonthe Defence Ministers shilly-shallying between behaving like Pakistans Defence Minister and then almost declaring war on Pakistan seems almost forgivable He is not entirely to blame since surely he would have checked with senior officials like the National Security Advisor before making that first statement absolving the Pakistani army Our problem is that it is beginning to seem more and more as if there is nobody at Indias helm in a complex and scary time Al-Qaeda has resurfaced everywhere The American drawdown from Afghanistan draws close and respect for jihadis in Pakistan has reached such levels that Hafiz Saeed led Eid prayers last week at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore In case you have forgottenthis is the man we believe was the master planner of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai This is the man who spends most of every interview he gives spewing venom against India and vowing to destroy the very idea of it In case you have forgottenit is now an established fact that not only was the Lashkar-e-Toiba responsible for the worst act of terrorism on Indian soil but it was ably assisted by the ISI If only our Defence Minister had remembered this he would have hesitated to absolve the Pakistani army from involvement in the LoC attack Speaking of the 26/11 attackmay I remind you that despite all those promises of dealing resolutely with jihadi terrorismnothing has actually happened except a lot of talk So if the ISI thinks that it is a good time to organise another massacre in an Indian citythey would find it as easy to organise it as they did in 2008 The Indian government has taken none of the steps that the Americans took in their homeland after 9/11 Except for some token patrolling in Mumbainothing has really changed Nothing will change until the Indian government accepts at the highest levels of national security that we need to treat jihadi terrorism as war If we had a real defence ministerinstead of a man who got his job due to his loyalty to the Gandhi familyhe would by now have put in place systems whereby the Army and civilian authorities could work together to fight this war We would by now have had intelligence systems that really worked and police stations manned by policemen trained in counter-terrorism As we approach the fifth anniversary of 26/11 it would be fair to say that not only have none of these things happened but senior members of the Congress party have made statements denying that Pakistan was behind the attack So when Shri A K Antony said that the LoC attack was by a group of 20 men who were accompanied by some people in Pakistani army uniformhe was really only continuing to sing the same tune He may have taken his cue from that other Sonia loyalist in charge of national securityour Home Ministerwho famously said when Chinese soldiers crossed into Ladakh that it was not serious He made it sound as if it were no more than a game that both sides played just for fun The truth is that there is nothing funny about the games that the Chinese are playing in South Asia They appear to be working in accordance with a definite strategy to weaken Indiaand who better to help them do this than their old and reliable ally on the other side of the LoC Andwhat is Indias strategy to counter theirs Nobody knows Every time there is a serious problem of national securityour senior ministers behave as ineffectually as amateur fighters in a boxing ring Their antics always make India seem like an insignificantpathetic little country instead of an aspiring regional power What else can one say other than that the Government of India is no longer just an embarrassment to itselfit is an embarrassment to India Follow Tavleen Singh on Twitter @ tavleen_singh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | London | Published: September 20 2017 10:25 am McNeill needs to raise 52700 to compete in the World Cup season and secure her place (Source: Reuters) Top News Britain’s top female bobsleigh driver has turned to crowd-funding to keep her Olympic dreams alive after being told the national federation only had money to take men’s teams to Pyeongchang next year “My ambition is and has always been to compete at a Winter Olympic Games” Mica McNeill a silver medallist at the 2012 youth Winter Olympics and 2017 world junior champion said on the gofundme page The British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association could not be immediately contacted but the BBC quoted the BBSA as saying the programme was “currently focusing resources on winning medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea “We are actively seeking commercial funding to further support our world class programme and we will continue to do so” it added McNeill said she had bought her own sled but needed to raise 30000 pounds ($4052700) to compete in the World Cup season and secure her place The BBSA is the country’s best funded winter sports body with 115 million pounds 65 million going to skeleton and five million for bobsleigh allocated for the four-year cycle to Pyeongchang Bobsleigh’s funding was cut by some 50000 pounds this year with implementation of “an agreed Culture Action Plan” a condition of the award INDEPENDENT REVIEW The British body has been embroiled in controversy with an independent review launched after allegations by some top athletes of a ‘toxic atmosphere’ Performance director Gary Anderson and head coach Dominik Scherrer a Swiss have left in the past month although there has been no suggestion of any wrongdoing by either man Three times Olympian Lee Johnston was named the new head coach last Saturday “I know that bobsleigh is an expensive sport but I just am really disappointed that it has come to this” McNeill told the BBC “They tried to tell us it was because we weren’t medal potential but I said ‘You’re funding three men’s crews’ “I said ‘Why don’t you just be honest and say you’re not funding us because there’s no money’ and they said ‘Yes it’s because there’s no money — if there was we’d be funding you’” “We know the potential in this women’s squad I’m only 23 and have another Olympic cycle or two in me and if this season is a miss this will ruin my whole career…” Britain’s only gold medals from the 2010 and 2014 Games were won by Amy Williams and Lizzy Yarnold in the women’s skeleton Women’s bobsleigh was added to the Olympic programme at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and Britain has yet to medal in it The men have won four medals over the years including two-man gold in 1964 and a four-man bronze in 1998 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News’" You just wonder whether Swaraj is aware of the lexical nuances of the word Hind as used in the Arab land.

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