Of particular interest is his comments:
We have no options in Pakistan itself because we have no leverage there just as we have no leverage in any part of the world. The least that our government should do is to build effective fire-walls to prevent this fire from spreading to India. The government's present policy of courting the US indiscriminately would come in the way of such firewalls.
This evaluation is largely true. One should step back and ask why we do not have any real allies or leverage. We used to have an ally in NWFP in Frontier Gandhi. Once the world evolves, so should India's diplomatic strategies. In general, it is good economic strategy to align with the US. However, given the general disillusionment with the US and its disastrous diplomatic policies, India cannot put much hope to achieving any diplomatic goals via US intervention. In that respect, we should really think before taking actions based on economic goals only. The matter is complex; neither do I pretend to understand it fully, nor do I have immediate prescriptions on fixing the issues. However, the eastward movement of the Taliban should concern everybody. I doubt our government has very good strategies planned to deal with a Talibanised Pakistan, which seems more like a reality everyday. I may be pessimistic, but such worst case planning should be done. I hope there are some "firewalls" and contingency plans that we, the public, do not know of.