In the Rajya Sabha, John Brittas, a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), sought clarifications on media reports implicating an Indian official in an alleged murder plot against a US national. Brittas also questioned India's response to accusations from Canada. In both cases, External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, provided clear insights.
Security Cooperation and Organized Crime
Dr. Jaishankar explained that the accusations from the United States resulted in an inquiry. This step was a product of the security cooperation between India and the United States, primarily focusing on concerns related to organized crime and national security. The mention of an Indian official in a murder plot against a US citizen was indeed a serious concern, triggering immediate action.
Unsubstantiated Accusations from Canada
Contrarily, in the case of Canada, the Minister stated that the accusations lacked specific evidence. Consequently, this led to the absence of any initiated inquiry. The incident underscores the Indian government's stance on the importance of evidence in prompting governmental inquiries.
India's Approach to Security and Foreign Policy
India's approach towards security is deeply rooted in its democratic principles, rule of law, political stability, economic development, and its influence in international affairs. It consistently faces challenges such as boundary disputes, cross-border terrorism, internal conflicts, and threats from neighboring countries. However, it is the country's military prowess, technological strength, regional power, and resilience against natural disasters that help navigate these obstacles.
Dialogue, Cooperation, and Initiatives
India's strategy to tackle water resources and international terrorism pivots around dialogue, cooperation, and initiatives. Instruments like the Indus water treaty and the Financial Action Task Force are prime examples of this approach. The issue of Sikh separatism has also been a focal point, especially due to security and political concerns. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been actively involved in combating this issue, which has now gained international attention.