We are facing war tomorrow, says Shashi Tharoor on China situation

A file photo of Shashi Tharoor.

New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said the Government of India must listen to messages of Rahul Gandhi regarding the Chinese aggression as he credited the late Indira Gandhi, India’s third Prime Minister, for neutralizing China through her Moscow outreach.

Earlier, Gandhi, in his speech, alleged that the present dispensation has defied the strategic goal of India’s foreign policy of keeping China and Pakistan separate and has brought both countries together.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Tharoor said, “We (Congress) are saying that the country has been weakened in both its domestic unity and strength and in its external national security. That, I think, is a very powerful and important message.”

The Congress MP also emphasized that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the past always made sure that China did not take advantage of the war-like situation between India and Pakistan.

“In many ways, any risk of Chinese involvement was neutralized by Indira Gandhi’s outreach to Moscow. There were always approaches made to ensure that when Pakistan was getting belligerent, China didn’t take advantage and when China attacked us, Pakistan didn’t get active against us,” he said while highlighting the achievement of Indira Gandhi’s foreign policy.

“So, this is a new situation as he is suggesting and I think it’s very important that these messages be listened to. We are not suggesting that as far as the country is concerned, we are facing war tomorrow,” Tharoor added.


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