Balochistan is our security concern says Dr Jitendra

Speaking on the sidelines of 3-day BJP Training Workshop (Prashikshan Varg), Union Minister of State in PMO with Independent Charge of North-East, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that Balochistan is our security concern and therefore, it is both responsibility as well as duty of the Government of India to respond to the atrocities and human right violations unleashed over there by Islamabad.
Refuting allegations of so called interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan, Dr Jitendra Singh said, “one cannot remain a mute spectator when the immediate neighborhood is on fire, because sooner or later, it carries the potential risk of impacting us”. He said, just as in case the house next to your boundary wall goes on fire, you have to immediately respond with alertness and alarm so that the fire does not spill over to your house, similarly, restoring normalcy and calm in Balochistan holds a critical stake for us. Citing an English proverb, he said, “you cannot build a heaven inside and leave a hell outside”.
Responding to queries about armed encounters in border areas of Poonch and Rajouri, Dr Jitendra Singh said, our security forces are capable of meeting any kind of challenge and we are proud of them. The manner in which the security personnel have operated in Kashmir Valley with utmost restraint is evident from the fact that there is as much casualty on the side of security persons as on the other side and added, this is possibly one of the rare instances in the entire world history that you have security persons allowing injuries to be inflicted on them simply because they are refusing to retaliate with all the might and ammunition at their disposal.
Earlier, addressing the BJP Prasikshan Varg on the subject of India’s foreign policy, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the foreign policy of any country essentially has an external dimension and internal dimension, and is determined by the world scenario at any given time coupled with the domestic scenario at that time. But what is remarkable is that, in spite of changing situations and variations, the foreign policy of a nation ideally tends to follow continuity notwithstanding the change of guard or the change of government at the helm, he said.
Dwelling in detail on different aspects of foreign policy beginning from the time of India’s independence, Dr Jitendra Singh, meticulously recounted the sequence of events till contemporary times and said while in 1950s and 1960s India was struggling to determine its role in the world arena and in the aftermath of disintegration of British Empire the world had largely split into two major blocks namely the US and Soviet blocks respectively, the 1970s and 1980s witnessed the birth of Bangladesh with the emergence of India as a power to reckon with in the region.
Following the opening of economy in 1990, the focus shifted to the growth of economy and the arrival of Narendra Modi, first as Chief Minister of Gujarat and later as Prime Minister of India, proved to be a turning point and game changer.
Underlining the guiding principles of government’s foreign policy, Dr Jitendra Singh referred to the outreach to neighboring countries based on the principle of “neighborhood first”. He also dwelt at length on Modi’s “Act East” policy and new initiatives in the form of maritime outreach across the Indian Ocean as well as first-time initiatives with the middle-east and innovative new agreements with European countries and the US.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, history will record Prime Minister Modi’s policy as a blend of foreign policy with accomplishment of country’s economic goals. He said, the esteem and respectability earned by India in the world arena today is all-time high and the single most important factor credited for achieving this is the persona of Prime Minister Modi.
Referring to Pakistan’s involvement in Kashmir turmoil, Dr Jitendra Singh said, from conventional war, Pakistan switched over to low proxy war and now it has resorted to attempts at radicalization of local youth, but the people and Government of India are strong enough to overcome this challenge.

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