January 2, 2024 : In a recent interview, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressed several critical issues, shedding light on India’s diplomatic strategies and global relationships.
Jaishankar emphasized that Pakistan’s long-standing core policy has been to employ cross-border terrorism to bring India to the negotiating table. However, he asserted that India has made this policy irrelevant by choosing not to engage in such tactics.
“We have made that irrelevant by not playing that game now,” Jaishankar stated, highlighting India’s shift in approach to dealing with its neighbor.
Addressing the Khalistani movement’s prevalence in Canada, Jaishankar expressed concerns about the space given to Khalistani forces in Canadian politics, leading to activities detrimental to India-Canada diplomatic relations.
The Foreign Minister also touched upon India’s approach towards China, advocating for realistic engagement based on mutual respect, sensitivity, and shared interests. He criticized the romanticized perspective of the Nehruvian era and emphasized the need for a demeanor that reflects India’s millennia-old civilization.
Speaking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s global standing, Jaishankar stated that world leaders recognize and value PM Modi’s credibility and chemistry in international relations.
In the debate on using ‘Bharat’ as a replacement for India, Jaishankar noted the cultural and civilizational connotations of the term, emphasizing its importance in shaping India’s identity on the global stage.
Jaishankar also referred to India’s role as ‘Vishwamitra,’ showcasing its ability to maintain good relationships with various countries. He cited the success of the G20 summit as an example of India’s diplomatic prowess.
Regarding foreign media coverage of India, Jaishankar urged caution, stating that foreign media often pushes a certain line influenced by their interests. He emphasized the need to consider motives and agendas when interpreting foreign media reports about India.