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Advani slams Nehru`s foreign policy on China, Pak

Last Updated: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 17:58

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of BJP opposing resumption of dialogue with Pakistan, senior party leader L K Advani on Monday said terrorism and Kashmir are "festering sores to this day" due to "mishandling" of Pakistan by Jawaharlal Nehru.

"His (Nehru`s) mishandling of Pakistan has left terrorism and Kashmir as two festering sores for our body politic right up to this day," Advani wrote in his blog.

His comments come a day after the BJP asked the government not to go ahead with the Foreign Secretary-level talks slated to be held here on February 25, saying "terror and talks" cannot go together and "not talking" is also a diplomatic option.

Advani quotes extensively from a recent work of renowned editor Fareed Zakaria in his blog to accuse Nehru of having pursued a weak foreign policy towards Pakistan and China, in whose favour he refused a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for India.

"There can hardly be a more glaring instance of Nehruji`s unconcern for India`s own strategic interests than his refusal to accept a US offer in 1952 of a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. He insisted that the seat be given to China," Advani said.

"Sadly, the shock that Nehru suffered when confronted by China`s gross betrayal in 1962 virtually cost him his life," he said.


First Published: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 17:58
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