Modi Govt disrupted India's foreign policy: Congress

The Congress on Sunday launched an all-out attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi government over its foreign policy and said that the policy has been converted into a divisive national issue by the ruling dispensation.

On the final day of the two-day Congress Plenary Session, senior leader Anand Sharma, who moved the foreign affairs resolution, said, "I am saddened to note here that that consensus built (on foreign policy) over decades has been unravelled. The continuity of India's foreign policy has been disrupted by the BJP and Modi-led government. They have made foreign policy a divisive national issue in the last four years."

The Congress leader evoked India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's approach to international relations, saying the latter ensured that the country's foreign policy was sovereign and independent and that the country did not lean on one side or the other.

"Foreign policy that India pursued had a blend of pragmatism, idealism, and a deep print of the vision of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru," Sharma said, adding that under the Congress-led UPA government, there was a strong national consensus on India's foreign policy.

Sharma further commented that India's foreign policy has now taken a back seat due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's propagandist pursuits.

"The present government and the prime minister have pursued foreign policy in a cavalier manner, which is non-serious. The Prime Minister is carried away by his own propaganda. Today it is a matter of concern that we have mismanaged our relations with major capitals of the world, with major strategic partners and our immediate neighbourhood," he added

The 84th Congress Plenary Session is being held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, here.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel