"It is imperative that our intelligence agencies are on constant vigil in the post-Kargil scenario. Pakistan's strategy has been to engineer terror attacks which also targeted the country's financial capital. India's growth rate is not going down with the neighbouring nation," Chavan said here last night, at a function organised to release Marathi translation of 'Tinderbox-The Past and Future of Pakistan', authored by noted journalist MJ Akbar.
It is important to promote people-to-people dialogue and strengthen economic ties to create a harmonious relationship with the neighbour, he said adding that Akbar's book throws light on the historical aspect of the Indo-Pak relationship. Akbar, who reviewed the Indo-Pak relationship in its historical and current context, said, Indian Muslims felt secure in India, while mentioning that "I am a proud Indian Muslim."
The country's progress depended on its democratic structure, secularism, gender equality and inclusion of the poor in its growth, the author said. The Marathi translation of the book is part of a project undertaken by 'Sarhad' organisation to promote harmonious relations and better understanding with Pakistan.