New Delhi, September 21: Three days after the Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir, four high-level meeting has taken place out of which two was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and two high-level meeting was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The absence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in all four meetings raises some serious questions as who is running the Foreign office in Modi government?. Narendra Modi government has been facing a severe crisis of handling its foreign office because there are three power centres involved – PM Modi, Ajit Doval, Ram Madhav – and all of them must be obeyed. This triple-centric crisis is leading Modi government to a major foreign policy crisis. Among the political elites, it is a well-known fact that the Indian Foreign Office has turned into a glorious post office who are actively replying on social media. On Monday the meeting chaired by PM Modi, was attended by home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, national security adviser Ajit Doval and army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, PTI reports said. Also Read - New Vistadome Jan Shatabdi Express For Ahmedabad to Kevadia From Today | In Pictures
Before Uri attack, there were some whispers about the Foreign Office but on Monday the Congress questioned the absence of Sushma Swaraj from a high-level meeting chaired by PM Modi to review the situation emerged after Sunday’s attack that left 18 soldiers dead and more than 31 injured. “Sushma Ji is conspicuous by her absence on foreign policy. Isn’t PM Modi singularly responsible for the complete disarray?” Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said to news agency ANI. A month ago after India’s NSG membership bid failed a senior MEA official was quoted by a news portal saying that the MEA have been reduced to a glorious post office. “Our minister is left to be a sort of Mother Teresa on Twitter, who offers aid and succour to Indians everywhere. Our institutional prowess is scorned. The PMO did not even bother to consult us before embarking on this misadventure”. (Also Read: Uri Terror Attack: Badla! Badla lo’- Shiv Sena tells Centre to take revenge from Pakistan) Also Read - PM Modi Launches India's Vaccination Drive, Gets Emotional as he Thanks Frontline Workers | Top Quotes From His Address to Nation
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In 2013 when Sushma Swaraj was the leader of the opposition, made headlines when she asked for “10 Pakistani heads” after two soldiers were killed and one of them was beheaded in a cross-border raid in Jammu and Kashmir. Since last three days, Sushma Swaraj is silent on Uri attack.
When Sushma Swaraj was a leader of opposition and BJP party’s spokesperson, she took a stringent line on Pakistan and often accused the Manmohan Singh government of going soft on terror and the neighbouring country. After 2013 raid, she had called for a tough response against Pakistan. Now after Uri attack, the Modi government is under similar pressure to act against Pakistan.
Sushma Swaraj to present India’s case against terrorism at United Nations
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will spearhead a massive diplomatic exercise to isolate and expose Pakistan on the international forum for state-sponsored terror. On 26th September, a team led by Sushma Swaraj at the United Nations general Assembly will present India’s case against terrorism at the United Nations. “Sushma Swaraj will very vigorously, effectively and in a forthright manner present India’s case against terrorism at the UN. Just wait and watch,” said Gen (retd) VK Singh, minister of state. (Also Read: Uri Attack: US lawmakers to designate Pakistan as a terrorist state, move bill in senate)
After Uri attack, India is also getting support from its neighbours Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have attacks to expose Pakistan’s involvement in terror in their soil. It is believed that Pakistan’s sudden terror push into Kashmir has to do with the change of guard at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. The Indian delegates will also hold a bilateral meeting to gather support and it has already received support with Russia, Germany, UK and France among other nations offering support to India.