External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's comments assume significance as they come in the backdrop of the lingering border row between India and China.
Hotline has lost its early uniqueness as it is now in use at different levels of governments. Earlier the fact that the president or prime minister alone could speak to his or her counterpart on a dedicated phone line and thus settle issues lent the hotline a unique aura.
India and China have held a series of diplomatic and military talks to resolve the row that began on May 5, following a violent clash in eastern Ladakh. However, no breakthrough has been achieved to end the standoff.
Interestingly, sources in the intelligence agencies flagged that Nepal has refrained itself from going ahead with the border talks with China since 2005 as the Nepali government does not want to offend China by reclaiming their land.