For years, Indo-Myanmar relations were virtually frozen. There has been a thaw in the last couple of years. What led to this?
When I presented my credentials to President R. Venkataraman in January 1992, he spoke of democracy, human rights and transfer of power in Myanmar. But after some time, I could notice the Indian side not using the words transfer of power or human rights. I feel this was because the Indian leadership understood what was going on in Myanmar. In fact, our leadership has tried to have better relations with all neighbours, including India.
What is the state of bilateral ties today? Are they strained because of the Nehru Award given to Aung San Suu Kyi?
Should I use the word strained? Actually its not strained. There is a slight turbulence.
Is it because of the award?
There are two things. Giving the award is one factor and having a big ceremony for it is another. According to our rules and regulations regarding receiving of awards from foreign...