3 August 2009: There has been sketchy newspaper reporting of the recent Indian National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by the prime minister, whose primary focus apparently was China. Such sketchy reporting must be excused, because journalists cannot be expected to get details, or out of prudence, not publish the details even if they happen to get them. Equally, on the part of the government, all attempts must be to limit the details to be outed, if outed in the dimmest outlines they have to be to send the right messages to the right quarters. The question is, have those aims -- sending the right messages to the right quarters -- been met? In the view of this writer (even given the sketchy reporting of the NSC meeting), perhaps not.