In English literature the words ‘back door’ or ‘back channel’ do not carry a good connotation. Any thing which is done out of the way or not in a normal way is bound to raise many questions. Small wonder many eyebrows were raised in many political circles when an Indian business tycoon Jindal met the prime minister in Murree in camera. The PM House has had to explain to the people that the meeting was a part of the backdoor diplomacy after it noted that it had caused some unrest among the common man and the Establishment.
The question is why back channel diplomacy when we have a fully fledged Foreign Office staffed by career diplomats who are well versant with Indian psyche and who have spent a life time in dealing with India? What was the big deal in bypassing Parliament and not taking it into confidence before embarking upon one-on- one talks with an Indian business magnate whose only qualification is that he is on the right side of the Indian premier? Certainly we are not a monarchy where the monarch has absolute powers to decide the fate of the people What good is Parliament when its opinion is not sought while dealing with Pakistan’ s complex issues with India?
Our history is replete with instances when back channel confabulations had given us harm than good.