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BJP accuses govt of neglecting India's foreign policy

September 2, 2008

Press Trust of India
August 30, 2008

New Delhi (PTI) -- The BJP on Saturday accused the UPA government of
neglecting foreign policy to an extent that can be termed as a
"surrender" to forces inimical to the country's interests.

Contending that the UPA's policy had rendered India's presence
"invisible", former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh
particularly faulted the government's approaches towards Nepal,
Bangladesh and Tibet.

"The kind of neglect that has been shown in our foreign policy in
last four years did not happen in all the years earlier," Singh said
while speaking at a conference of the Legal and Legislative Cell of
the party here.

"Silence is not a foreign policy. The presence of India is invisible.
Invisibility is not a policy. It's a surrender to forces detrimental
to India," argued the senior BJP leader.

Singh referred to the Tibet issue and criticised Congress government
for its policy with regard to the issue.

Singh also flayed the UPA government's policies towards Nepal. "I
will not be surprised if in months to come, we find Chinese sitting
on the embankments of Kosi river," Singh said.

Turning to Bangladesh, he said the situation in that country is
"dangerous" and it "could be tomorrow's epicentre of terrorism."

The BJP leader said the "entire neighbourhood of the country is in a
state of turmoil. The country is surrounded either by failed states
or those becoming failed," he said.

Claiming that the total number of Indians killed in terrorist
violence in the country during the UPA rule is the highest so far,
Singh said policies should be such that terrorists must be terrified
before committing any unlawful act.
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