Indian Vice President seeking Excuses for Terror acts

published on November 23, 2007

PRESS STATEMENT BY SUBRAMANIAN SWAMI

The Vice President, Mr.Hamid Ansari’s speech to a conference in New Delhi on ‘Emerging Security Concerns in West Asia’s berating the United States Government for providing ‘impetus to terrorism’ through what Mr.Ansari calls as the policy of ‘unilateralism and pre-emption” in West Asia. Rather than a critical analysis of US policy, Mr.Ansari, it seems, is providing an excuse for acts of terror by Islamic fanatics.

What the Vice President has said is not only inconsistent with India’s national interest, but it also reflects an out-dated language of partisanship that we used to hear earlier when there was a Soviet Union, and Indian functionaries had to sing for their supper in order to advance, or to be grateful, for their career prospects. Of course, Mr.Ansari owes his Vice Presidentship to the Communist parties in India.

Mr.Ansari ought to have instead focused his speech on the need for modernizing Islam which today is providing legitimacy for committing suicide in order to kill innocent civilians. Moreover, the Islamic States like Saudi Arabia are practicing social intolerance which would justify anyone advocating regime change in that country. Human rights defence knows no borders. If the US has erred in going for regime change in Iraq, as Mr.Ansari claims, then he should suggestion an alternative on how to fix the terror sponsoring States of West Asia such as Iraq.

In any case, Vice Presidents in India by convention should publicly speak on foreign policy what the Ministry of External Affairs writes out for them. This Mr.Ansari did not do, which is a serious lapse.

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