WASHINGTON DC – The hotlines or communication during crisis situation between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama and their national security advisers have recently become operational.
The decision regarding Obama-Modi hotline was made during Obama’s historic visit to New Delhi to attend Republic Day on January 26, as its chief guest.
Peter R Lavoy, special assistant to US President and senior director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council of the White House, told “It (hotline has) just recently been established.”
He also said, “It (hotline) has not been used so far,” he said when asked if the two leaders have used this latest tool of secure communication.
He explained,”Hotline has connotation of some crisis management phone or system that was used during the cold war to defuse crisis. That’s not what we have.”
With this India becomes only the fourth country- after Russia, Great Britain and China – with which the US has a hotline.
For India this is the first hotline at the level of head of state.
In 2004, India and Pakistan agreed to establish hotlines at the level of foreign secretaries, and in 2010 New Delhi and Beijing announced to establish a hotline at the foreign minister level.
According to publicly available information the hotline between India and Pakistan was established with the help of US military.
India-China hotline is yet to become operational.
The establishment of hotline or secure line of communication between leaders of the two largest democracies of the world is part of efforts of Obama and Modi to increase the frequency of level of communication and frequent discussion between them on key bilateral, regional and global issues.
It is the time for Pakistan to rethink about its global, national policies and strategies. For the betterment of its survival and in concern to secure its boundaries.