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Sunday, 01 April 2012 - 12:46
India mortgages foreign policy to state leaders
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The Economic Times newspaper has commented on India’s decision to vote for the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council sessions.

The newspaper states that the democratically elected political executive and Parliament are held solely responsible for the formulation and implementation of foreign and defence polices.

However the newspaper alleges that M Karunanidhi, the electorally rejected leader of the DMK of Tamil Nadu, inflicted a long-term injury on Indian foreign policy by raising the issue of the Sri Lankan Tamils cause at a most inopportune time resulting in Premier Manmohan Singh bending foreign policy by mortgaging it to region-state leaders.

The newspaper says the vote in the UNHRC has not only isolated India from other Asian countries but has also conveyed a message that India is an interfering Big Brother as far as small neighbouring countries are concerned.

It also warns that India is likely to pay a very heavy price if it makes foreign policy a football game where 'regionalists' begin to dictate and decide the directions of policy.

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