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Amendment to Citizenship Act ‘self-inflicted goal’: Ex-India’s national security adviser


Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

10th Jan, 2020. 12:38 am
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New DelhiIndia’s former national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon has said that India is facing isolation at the international front due to certain controversial decisions taken by the right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Menon, who served as foreign secretary and was an earlier envoy to China, Israel, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, said the world’s attitude towards India has changed considerably over the past few months.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a public hearing in New Delhi, Menon said the perception of India has changed and even friends were taken aback by the recent decisions of Modi.

According to the details, He said the Modi government, by its actions like the adoption of new citizenship law believed to be discriminatory to 180 million Muslims living in the country, had “gifted” adversaries’ platforms to attack India.

On the international ramifications of the citizenship law, Menon, 71, who served India’s NSA from 2010 to 2014, described it as “divisive”.

“The fact is that today we have something divisive. There are protests on the streets as minorities feel threatened,” he added.

He noted with concern that even India’s friends were speaking in a dismissive manner about the internal developments in the country.

“Bangladesh Foreign Minister said ‘let them fight among themselves’. If this is how our friends feel, what must our adversaries feel,” said Mr. Menon, noting that even the Kashmir issue that was dormant at the United Nations since 1971 had been revived.

Speaking at a press conference where a number of academicians discussed the adverse implications of the contentious law, which has led to nationwide protests, Menon said the move has resulted in India being “hyphenated” with Pakistan as an “intolerant” state.

“What we have achieved in the recent past is to hyphenate our (India’s) image with Pakistan in a fundamental way, which is an intolerant state,” said the former National Security Advisor.

India has lost Kashmir, says former Indian home Minister

Earlier, Regional Peace facing threat due to due to the Indian government’s policies based on RSS-ideology, said the Prime Minister Imran Khan.

According to details, Regional Peace facing threat due to due to the Indian government’s policies based on RSS-ideology, said the Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Imran Khan, said this while talking to a delegation of Virginia University in the federal capital Islamabad.

He said the identity of Indian people themselves threatened by the Indian government’s fascist policies.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also strongly condemned the curfew continuing in occupied Kashmir for over 150 days.

Imran Khan said this tyranny of the Indian government has exposed its claims about democracy.

Prime Minsiter said present government believes in full protection to rights of minorities, considering them equal citizens of country.

About economic situation in the country, the Prime Minister said economy has stabilized owing to the strenuous efforts of the PTI government, and now there is clear improvement in the economic indicators.

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