It’s been an impossible tango of polar opposites. Difficult as it may be to conceive of them as a symbiotic pair, the war impulse has mostly gone hand in hand with the desire for peace in India-Pakistan relations. Each imposes a constraint on its opposite, both tendencies sometimes polarise each other further, sometimes even show up surreptitiously in the other camp. Leaders from Nehru onwards have regularly proclaimed in public and in engagements with Pakistani leaders their commitment to good neighbourly relations. Yet, few can ignore the fact that in the past seven decades since they emerged as ind­ependent republics, India and Pakistan have already fought four wars with each other.