India is now seeking accountability from all those who misread the signals from Pakistan. While the government must of course take direct responsibility so must an influential group of talking heads, ideologues, interlocutors and general apologists for Pakistan.
Over the last few months some of them have gone to ridiculous lengths to pressure the government into changing its no-talks stand and have polarised national opinion by holding lengthy discourses on why the government's original no-talks stand is destined to backfire. In fact it could be said that they have had a huge impact in influencing the government to kick start diplomacy.
But now that the wages of their pro-Pak tilt have become apparent we ask these so-called doves to admit that they have got it wrong. That they have let down India by arguing the case for a state that is congenitally hostile and that their abiding confidence in Pakistan is ruining and wrecking lives? Anything less than a candid admission of failure will be seen as an attempt to condone blood-letting and bellicosity.