29 October, 2020

Stop This Menonhunt

The tirade against the ex-foreign secretary is uncalled for

Illustration by Sorit
Stop This Menonhunt

One of the fashionable phrases currently in use to address the complexities of international relations is ‘thinking out of the box’; few, though, appear to be ready to accept ‘acting out of the box’. Reactions to change tend to be sharp; even for this commentator, the joint statement issued at Sharm el-Sheikh initially came as a jolt. However, a closer perusal of the document, its careful drafting, and later, the statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament, clarified much of the text and the context. It was clear that much was left unsaid, as is normal in sensitive international negotiations, leaving it to critics and analysts to speculate on the basis of their particular political bent.

The ‘controversy’, unfortunately, degenerated into personal attacks, on occasion amounting to charges of treasonous or extraordinarily stupid behaviour, simplemindedness or sheer incompetence on the part of those in charge of our foreign policy—from the PM to external affairs minister S.M. Krishna to...



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