The Indian government's acceptance of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's proposal - that the two countries' foreign ministers meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session next week - has sparked an optimistic debate in the Press and social media.
India had earlier accepted Khan's request for a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY this month.
The Minister of State for External Affairs Gen VK Singh has in last few days slammed Imran Khan regime saying it was "propped" up by the Pakistan army and nothing has changed in that country.
The Indian foreign ministry said the cancellation followed the "latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism".
The Indian official said about the NY meeting, "We have just agreed to the meeting".
Asked if Pakistan will approach India again for negotiations, he said: "No, we wanted negotiations in a dignified way".
The meeting was scheduled to take place in NY later this month on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session. Ms Swaraj may leave for NY at the end of September.
To a question pointing out to the incongruity of holding talks when ministers have made belligerent statements, Kumar said that he could not comment on the remarks made by the defence minister.
The Modi government, which is facing the Congress-led opposition's charge of double standards on Pakistan, Friday evening called off foreign minister-level talks in NY next week, citing the "brutal killings" of Indian security personnel and the release of 20 postage stamps "glorifying a terrorist".
"It is laughable to talk of government's Pakistan policy". It is expected to take place around September 26-27.
India insists Pakistan act against anti-India rebel groups that operate from its soil before it can resume peace talks to resolve long-standing differences over Kashmir and other disputes.
He added: "Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism".
India retaliated by carrying out "surgical strikes" in September 2016 across the Line of Control (LoC). "And sometimes credit should also be given to us".