Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar took a veiled dig at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his assault on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that there are “generally issues larger than politics when one step exterior the nation.”
The EAM was hitting out at Gandhi for his assertion that Prime Minister Modi was a “specimen.”
Talking at a diaspora occasion in Cape City after attending the assembly of BRICS overseas ministers, Jaishankar mentioned that he can discuss for himself and doesn’t do politics whereas travelling overseas. His response got here after a member of the Indian neighborhood, with out naming Rahul Gandhi, requested Jaishankar what he wish to say about remarks made by “somebody” within the US.
“Look, I mentioned I can solely discuss for myself I strive after I go overseas to not do politics.” “I am completely ready to argue and argue very vigorously at house. Okay, so you’ll by no means discover me wanting in that regard,” he mentioned in response to a query.
“However I feel you understand, even a democratic tradition has a sure collective accountability. There’s a nationwide curiosity there’s a collective picture. There are generally issues larger than politics and once you step exterior the nation, I feel that is necessary to recollect.
“So I’d differ strongly with somebody. I may say to you, I differ with them. However how I counter it, I wish to return house and do it. And watch me after I get again,” India’s prime diplomat mentioned.
The EAM went on to emphasize that one a part of the Indian overseas coverage at this time was to make sure the welfare of Indian residents overseas, particularly throughout troublesome conditions.
“Typically they are often very country-specific. We had a couple of weeks in the past, very nasty state of affairs in Sudan, and we now have 5,000 Indians died final yr, when the preventing began in Ukraine. We had greater than 20,000 Indians now. In reality, after I take a look at these final 9 years, virtually yearly, we have had one state of affairs someplace.
“So, it is one thing which is able to hold taking place. And we now have that basic obligation at this time to maintain Indian Indians. Working, residing, travelling overseas,” he mentioned.
“It may very well be one thing like offering a flight, it may even be generally there are people who find themselves caught overseas, who haven’t any cash who’re caught in circumstances, they cannot afford it. You realize, we, sadly, have circumstances generally that individuals will move away,” he added.