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HT brings you VickyLeaks

india Updated: Mar 16, 2011 22:05 IST

You've been reading the WikiLeak reports in The Hindu?

No. I don't read The Hindu. They carry colour photographs on their front page these days and it's too frivolous for me.

Oh, you must read the paper. They're publishing a whole cache of diplomatic messages sent by American diplomats back to Washington pertaining to India. Parliament was rocked by some of the leaks.

You mean over the issue of India's foreign and domestic policy being supposedly pushed by Americans?

Yes. From cabinet reshuffles to 26/11 investigations, the WikiLeaks show New Delhi is apparently kowtowing to America.

But we do have a pro-US policy now. What's wrong with that? Manmohan Singh didn't sign up to a Indo-Soviet nuclear deal. And we wanted to be pals with the Americans anyway, right?

Yes, but...

But what? It's not as if India was behaving anti-US in public and pro-US on the side. We went public with our opposition to Iran's nuclear plans, we do business with Israel, we want Washington to stop being friendly with Pakistan, so we never really needed American 'pressure' to be pro-America.

Yes but...

Now you'll say that the WikiLeaks say that America pushed the Indian government to conduct nuclear tests in 1998 so that Pakistan would also go nuclear thereby taking its eyes off their Afghan front allowing al-Qaeda to attack America so that America could invade Iraq and control their oil.

Hmm. Must read the Hindu WikiLeaks stories more carefully and get back on that one.

Do that while I read the much less anti-imperialistic but much more hegemonic Hindustan Times.

Do say: Julian Assange zindabad!

Don't say: Did you say Hindu or Hindustan Times?