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The agreement also led the two competing Asian nations to renounce the use of force in their settlement of the issue. Why did China agree to Rao's proposal of 'peace and tranquility'? Menon's take is that three pressing issues made Beijing's response to India positive: the Tiananmen Square massacre of its own people in , the demise in of the mighty Soviet Union and the possibility of the United States of America targeting China to go the way of the USSR.
The agreement seems to have succeeded in creating "one of the most peaceful" borders in India, the occasional pinpricks from the People's Liberation Army and the recent advent of an "assertive Chinese policy" notwithstanding. Trade, technology and tourism have taken precedence.
Border conflicts can wait! His successor, Manmohan Singh, enacted the unprecedented Indo-US civil nuclear deal in , giving shape to his predecessor's words and ending the year US-led international nuclear and technology sanctions on New Delhi. There were hurdles galore, both internal and external, as politics reigned supreme. There emerged sharply divided opinion in Singh's team even on the eve of the announcement of the accords in his suite at Blair House, the official guest house of the US president.
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However, Manmohan Singh, with his "steely resolve", pulled it through. India did it. Opponents may still suggest that this apparent 'issue' is not an isolated one, but a question of the overall self-interest of the State and the future of the country. This dilemma is narrated in the book: "On September 25, , President Bush hosted a small private dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh" incidentally September 26 was Singh's birthday "in the White House for about ten persons, when the Agreement was awaiting approval by the U.
Secretary of State [Condoleeza] Rice leaned over and asked Singh when India would be ordering reactors from Westinghouse. Bush cut her off immediately and said that this was not about reactor sales but about much bigger things. Singh did not have to reply. Even now the basic trend for terrorism, left wing extremism is down. What has increased is since , communal violence, social violence, internal violence has increase. That is something we need to find a way in dealing with," Menon said.
You look at violence against women, communal, caste violence, if you look at those firms of violence, these are all a result of tremendous social and economic change of uprooting of population, urbanization Menon said those are the threats, which in the long run, has a "potential to make real difference".
It is normal. It happens to most societies where there is change. But you also have to learn new ways of dealing with," he said and attributed the new threats to the rapid and fast development of the country. When asked that some people attributed this to the BJP coming to power, Menon said even that is a consequence of the change that the Indian society is undergoing now.
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Menon previously served as India's foreign secretary from to and as ambassador and high commissioner to Israel from , Sri Lanka , China and Pakistan Read more on China. Shivshankar Menon. Follow us on. Download et app.
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