i do feel bad for shashi. poor guy, this whole thing will make it hard for him to work with the korean guy, too. but then he had to do it because this is his last chance: by the time the 'asian' chance comes up again, shashi would have retired.
however, he only had a snowflake's chance in hell of winning this time. surely the chinese would have vetoed him. or if not , despite his general fondness for 'south asia', the pakistanis would have ensured that somebody vetoed him.
in the end it turns out the yanks vetoed him. yes, the yanks, not the limeys or the chinese, the other worst rascals on the security council.
and you were saying, manmohan singh, something about a 'special relationship' india had created with the us by bending over and greasing up on the nuclear issue?
i would be ROTFL if it weren't such painful black humor. following on in nehru's footsteps, we have manmohan singh who has a rather large opinion of his skills as an international negotiator, when in fact he, and this poor country, are being taken to the cleaners. just like with nehru.
i think manmohan singh is rapidly gaining on the nehru dynasty in the race for *worst* prime minister of india. he has gujral and deve gowde beaten by a mile already, and he's going from strength to strength.
in reality, the sphinx-like narasimha rao -- a modern-day chanakya -- was the *best* prime minister we had, and the credit for the economic revival should go to him. and of course rao was rewarded for it by being given the equivalent of a beggar's funeral -- his body was shipped off to hyderabad. he had committed the unpardonable crime of not having the dynasty surname.