This is the story of two leaders. One gets an N-deal passed by the American Congress; the other cannot even get a hug from the most unlikely Vice President of America. Judging the caliber of these two leaders is not difficult. India, a committed ally of the former and defunct USSR, is best of friends with the Americans now and has got an unprecedented N deal. We, an American ally of 60 years, have got nothing. This shows Indian diplomatic superiority and our paucity of negotiating skills, besides an acute lack of commonplace decency, finesse and sense of etiquette. Our leaders come parading from Kakul or clans of feudals and generally lack both in basic education and learning of international issues. How can they understand the nuances of the complicated world order? Indian leaders, on the other hand, come after 60 or more years of grooming in a challenging environment. They are generally well educated and have gone through the mill and grind of politics before they assume executive responsibility of the country. -AMJAD HABIB MIRZA, Lahore, via e-mail, September 30.