Jaishankar said Inia could have furthered its relationship with Israel but did not for some political reasons. PM Modi was the first PM in the history of India to have visited Israel and the entire country knows that the tie could have been beneficial for India, the foreign minister said.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar said those days are gone when vote bank politics will dominate foreign policies and India’s present stand on Israel is evidence of that. “The conflict between Isreal and Palentine has been going on for ages. We have some political reasons owing to which we did not further our ties with Isreal. We restricted ourselves. PM Modi was the first PM in the history of India to have visited Israel. The entire country knows that we could have benefitted from the ties. But once you come out of vote bank politics, your foreign policies also get impacted. Gone are those days when vote bank politics dominated national interest,” Jaishankar said.
Jaishankar was speaking at the launch event of the Gujarati translation of his book, The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World. He took many questions from the audience at the event.
‘Forced population control dangerous’
On India’s population, Jaishankar said the rate of growth of India’s population is falling very sharply, the reasons being education, social awareness etc. “Each one of us with the passage of time — our family sizes are smaller. It is a part of evolution. Forced population control can have dangerous consequences. You can see in some countries, their gender balance is disturbed. That is not in the interest of any society. I feel, see..democracy has its shortcomings; sometimes people get frustrated with it. But for all its difficulties, any day, democracy is better than non-democracy. And the solution to issues like population control has to be democratic. Those who forced it are regretting it today,” Jaishankar said.