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On India-China clashes, Shashi Tharoor Invokes Jawaharlal Nehru To Demand Discussions


Lok Sabha Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor speaks to NDTV outside parliament in Delhi.

New Delhi:

Parliament Leader Shashi Tharoor today invoked the parliamentary conduct of Jawaharlal Nehru during the 1962 war with China and attacked the Narendra Modi government for not allowing discussion in parliament about recent clashes along the border. world in Arunachal Pradesh.

“We just wanted to have a discussion. Even during the war with China in 1962, Nehru precious (The Prime Minister at that time) asked the parliament to work. He is willing to listen to everyone. I think more than 100 MPs spoke and the decisions that followed were made accordingly. These things should happen in a democracy,” he said, citing two things that the BJP often uses to attack Congress – Jawaharlal Nehru’s supposedly soft policies and the war India has suffered. bear heavy.

Mr. Tharoor was speaking to NDTV after the congress and more than a dozen other Opposition parties protested for the second day in a row.

“We shouldn’t forget that our country needs congressional accountability. Even on matters of national security, there are some things that are kept secret, but there are also policy issues that have implications. can be discussed,” said the congressman from Kerala, a former international official. diplomat.

He added to PTI news agency: “For 5 years the Chinese have been gnawing on our LAC (Line of Actual Control), starting with Doklam in 2017, continuing until what happened on the 9th. December in Tawang, and incidents in Galwan, Depsang, Hot Springs, etc.”

He was unconvinced with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in which he explained the clash and called for unity between the sides. “Just a small statement, no explanation, no question – I’m sorry to say, that’s not democracy,” Mr Tharoor said, stressing the Opposition’s unified stance.

In both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, the government was cautious and the presidents did not allow discussion on the matter, citing rules, conventions and “the sensitivities of the matter”.

In his statement, the defense minister emphasized: “I would like to share with the House of Representatives that there have been no casualties or serious casualties on our part.”

The minister only reacted after the December 9 clash came to light through media reports four days later.

As for the Opposition’s allegation that China was “encouraged” by the BJP government’s “meek” and “inconsistent” foreign policy, the government cited older incidents, particularly in 1962.

But AAP’s Sanjay Singh cited the 2020 Galwan valley incident in Ladakh. “After that, India imposed some economic sanctions on China. But now, India’s bilateral trade with China is bigger,” he told NDTV.

“Exports from India to China have fallen by 37%, while imports from China have increased by 31%,” said MP Rajya Sabha. He said there are “many questions” about how Chinese companies win contracts in India.

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