- Humility is the hallmark of PV’s statesmanship
- Modi’s Arrogant Foreign Policy will make India weak
- India was fortunate to have a leader like PV Narasimha Rao
- PV remained an enigma as a leader in silence despite knowing 14 languages
“India was fortunate to have a leader like PV Narasimha Rao who remained an enigma as a leader in silence despite knowing (9 Indian and 5 foreign) 14 languages “, said the former diplomat and External Affairs Minister Shashi Tharoor.
Delivering a keynote address at a webinar on the ‘Foreign Policy of the late Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao” organised by the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), Tharoor recollected how PV could manoeuvre his relationship with India’s neighbours, especially with Pakistan and China. He kept continuing the dialogue with Pak on one hand while being tough with its militants in JK which is aiding and abetting them.
To a question posed by the TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy as to how does his compare foreign policy of PV Narasimha Rao with that of Narendra Modi’s now, Tharoor did not mince words in saying that he could see arrogance in today’s Modi leadership while humbleness and humility was the hallmark of PV’s foreign policy which made the arch-rivals to be at bay.
While pointing out the flaw in Modi’s foreign policy, Tharoor quoted a recent incident wherein India came out of the joint military operation being conducted by Russia along with Pakistan and China quoting the recent Galwan valley incident as the reason. “I see a danger in it. A statesman like PV would have not done this. Withdrawing from this joint military exercise will only harm India”, he said.
To another query on the India’s shift in its foreign policy moving from being a close friend of Russia to close to US and similarly with Nepal, China, and Sri Lanka, the former diplomat said: “It is unfair to blame Modi as the foreign policy of these countries have also undergone changes as time went by. We cannot compare the present situation with what was earlier. The priorities of our neighbouring countries such as Pakistan and Sri Lanka have also kept changing as Pak is looking to Russia while Sri Lanka looking to China. India also needs to undergo changes”.
As for India failing to get a permanent membership in the UN Security Council is concerned, Shashi Tharoor refused to accept that Inda alone can influence the UN where 193 countries are members in this regard. “It is wrong to blame the country’s foreign policy for this. UN could not able to revive its security council for 40 years. Naturally, it becomes tough for any government to get into the security council” he said adding that let there be any government, what needs is the character, quality, and statesmanship for seeking any lasting solution in international relations”, he said.
The others who spoke on the occasion include Dr Kuntia, Dr Geetha Reddy, V Hanumanth Rao, Duddilla Sridhar Babu etc.