India has so far failed to clarify its position, both to Pakistan as well as the international community on the issue of peace. The frequent mood swings in New Delhi can be rendered multiple interpretations and some say should be considered as a tactic for gaining time, projecting a separate faade to the world while harboring totally different intentions within. The recent Indian offer to resume talks after a prolonged state of deep freeze has been welcomed by the Pakistan government and the international community at large. But there has been a general feeling of disappointment since as the talks yielded no tangible results. Indias viewpoint has remained very strict right from the start and it has remained unwavering in maintaining its singular focus solely and only on terrorism. The biggest hindrance in the initiation of peace process between the two countries has remained a general trust deficit. Apparently this lack of trust compels India to keep high vigilance on its borders with Pakistan. The much-chanted peace slogans by the Indian peaceniks distort reality and hide behind them a different story altogether. Proof positive of Indian designs was New Delhis almost immediate declaration that Pakistan was to blame for the Mumbai attacks and that within hours. In the post-Kargil years, India has been sturdily modernizing its military equipment, its defense budget soaring from $ 9 billion to $ 29 billion leaving behind the Pakistani counterparts to crawl at a meager $ 2.9 billion to $ 4 billion in the same duration of ten years. Furthermore the blatant demonstration of war exercises during which mock enemy bunkers were targeted and hit with rockets and bombs that hid the entire desert of Pokhran on the Pakistan border in dust looked like saber-rattling. This grand display of air power signifies Indias deep rooted need to establish supremacy over Pakistan and reveals its war vision. Indias ever increasing presence in Afghanistan also speaks volumes about its latent superpower ambitions to dominate the entire region. New Delhis involvement and funding of the Taliban is raising concerns both in Pakistan as well as internationally as General McCrystal also considers Indias active role in Afghanistan a negative influence on the war on terror. The recent rhetoric about 'Cold Start strategy by Indian Army chief Deepak Kapoor and his statement expressing Indias ability to combat and defeat China and Pakistan simultaneously further reflects Indias hegemonic mindset. -F Z KHAN, Islamabad, March 4.