1. Narendra Modi’s Israel ‘love fest’ was ill-advised: Gopalkrishna Gandhi, opposition’s vice-presidential candidate

Narendra Modi’s Israel ‘love fest’ was ill-advised: Gopalkrishna Gandhi, opposition’s vice-presidential candidate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently went on a historic three-day visit to Israel. He became the first Indian premier of India to visit the Jewish nation in the last 70 years.

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 13, 2017 12:37 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently went on a historic three-day visit to Israel. He became the first Indian premier of India to visit the Jewish nation in the last 70 years. The tour and the show of love and respect by Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu towards each other and the two countries attracted the attention of the world. In India, it received mixed reactions. While some congratulated the PM for “de-hyphenating” India’s relations with Israel and Palestine, the others shared apprehensions that Modi’s policy towards Israel may push Arab allies away from India.

Scholar Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who is now the opposition candidate for the Vice-Presidential election 2017, says PM Modi was “ill-advised” to make this trip. In an article on The Wire.in, Gandhi says, “I believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ill-advised to make his just-concluded trip. Worse, to make it a love fest.”

All Indian governments in past, including the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led first NDA government, have been critical of Israel’s expansionist moves and its attempts at conquering the rest of Palestine, violating several UN resolutions. Since 1947, Gandhi says, India has been balanced and shows a “sense of perspective and of history” by being “singularly fair” to the two communities — Jews of Israel and the Arabs of Palestine.

By going to Israel, Modi has changed many things. Gandhi says he doesn’t object to PM Modi’s visit but finds it “surprising, even shocking” that “the visit should have taken place as if the Arabs do not exist, the Palestine state is a myth and that the only reality of that Holy Land is Israel, Israel, and more Israel.”

The former West Bengal governor says that by not mentioning UN Resolutions on Palestine in the India-Israel joint statement, “India has relinquished its opportunity to assist Israel and Palestine find a solution. It has come down shamelessly on the side of might is right.”

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    pondi
    Jul 15, 2017 at 7:01 am
    First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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      pondi
      Jul 15, 2017 at 7:00 am
      First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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        pondi
        Jul 15, 2017 at 7:00 am
        First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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          pondi
          Jul 15, 2017 at 6:59 am
          First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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            pondi
            Jul 15, 2017 at 6:58 am
            DONT DELETE MY COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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              pondi
              Jul 15, 2017 at 6:57 am
              First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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                pondi
                Jul 15, 2017 at 6:55 am
                First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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                  pondi
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 6:55 am
                  First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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                    pondi
                    Jul 15, 2017 at 6:52 am
                    the problem is the gandhi's and other congress men are funded or lobbied by OIL money from arabs countries...and they sold us Indians...and they enjoy in Delhi and making deals....what the hell.... Even Nehru would have been ashamed of congress today...its full of muslim lobbies...muslims lobbies cant determine india policy...first indian muslims should decide where are their masters... Saudi arabia or they need India....I am so fed up of this nonsense from COngress and its foreign lobbies.... e on..as a common man...i can see clearly what india policy should be........
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                      pondi
                      Jul 15, 2017 at 6:48 am
                      First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for freedom in Africa..he realized he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go Israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ude.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.(palestine)... what arabs have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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                        pondi
                        Jul 15, 2017 at 6:46 am
                        First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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                          Moving-cheese
                          Jul 13, 2017 at 8:45 pm
                          This alone is a good enough reason for him to be consigned to dust bin of Indian politics he always was a stooge of Congress looking for crumbs.
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                            pondi
                            Jul 15, 2017 at 6:56 am
                            true.........First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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                              pondi
                              Jul 15, 2017 at 7:02 am
                              First lets worry about India . Mahatma Gandhi did not work for free dom in africa..he realised he has come home to india and solve its problem ,then worry about the world. Who is advised this Gandhi..not to go israel ..i dont know..take care of yourself(India) first...show gra ue.( to israel )...then worry justice to other country.... what have done for us...are they giving oil for free because of muslims living here...so this nonsense...only when we are strong we can protect anybody...
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                              anil
                              Jul 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm
                              It is a false narrative that Congress would not have allowed this India Israel nexus or that the Indian Lefties would not have allowed this. I was an Indian Leftie and a congress supporter not any more – I am BJP supporter. All Congress was trying to do is balance India’s energy needs and the fact some 7 to 8 million Indians works in west Asia and repatriate foreign currency back to India. As a personal experience even while being in school in New Delhi while growing up we were appalled why India would not collaborate with Israel openly given the similarities between the Hindus, Sikh and Buddhist and people of Jewish faith as in all these groups being ancient cultures and none advocating violence . These so called opinion pieces do not take into account that it was open secret in India that Israel had helped Indian in 1962, in 1971 and again in Kargil in 1999. Congress governments were in power in those times
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                                pondi
                                Jul 15, 2017 at 6:54 am
                                Balancing is Fine...but we do need a SPINE for god's sake...even pakistan has one..israel is small country as one...
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                                anil
                                Jul 13, 2017 at 4:12 pm
                                It is a false narrative that Congress would not have allowed this India Israel nexus or that the Indian Lefties would not have allowed this. I was an Indian Leftie and a congress supporter not any more – I am BJP supporter. All Congress was trying to do is balance India’s energy needs and the fact some 7 to 8 million Indians works in west Asia and repatriate foreign currency back to India. As a personal experience even while being in school in New Delhi while growing up we were appalled why India would not collaborate with Israel openly given the similarities between the Hindus, Sikh and Buddhist and people of Jewish faith as in all these groups being ancient cultures and none advocating violence . These so called opinion pieces do not take into account that it was open secret in India that Israel had helped Indian in 1962, in 1971 and again in Kargil in 1999. Congress governments were in power in those times
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                                  anil
                                  Jul 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm
                                  there are some 40 odd g sons of Gandhi with the vast majority living overseas and it does not matter what one of them has to say
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                                    anil
                                    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm
                                    gopal krishna gandhi does not speak for the majority of the Indian Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhist and it is obvious going by Indian people opinion at the grassroots that they support Israel
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                                      anil
                                      Jul 13, 2017 at 4:04 pm
                                      It is a false narrative that Congress would not have allowed this India Israel nexus or that the Indian Lefties would not have allowed this. I was an Indian Leftie and a congress supporter not any more – I am BJP supporter. All Congress was trying to do is balance India’s energy needs and the fact some 7 to 8 million Indians works in west Asia and repatriate foreign currency back to India. As a personal experience even while being in school in New Delhi while growing up we were appalled why India would not collaborate with Israel openly given the similarities between the Hindus, Sikh and Buddhist and people of Jewish faith as in all these groups being ancient cultures and none advocating violence .These so called opinion pieces do not take into account that it was open secret in India that Israel had helped Indian in 1962, in 1971 and again in Kargil in 1999. Congress governments were in power in those times
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                                      1. Navneet Bhatnagar
                                        Jul 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm
                                        A typical comment from the ruling clique, despite his being g son of Mahatma Gandhi. A remark of this kind was bound to come from Mr. Gopal Gandhi as he gets propped up Congress and similar minded parties . Barring these opposition parties, the whole nation feels that this visit was long overdue, considering the volatile and dangerous situation , we find ourselves lately , especially in J K. This visit , in fact, should have been undertaken 20 years back so as to learn how to control secessionist and extremist elements in an urban warfare scenario.But , unfortunately, governments of those times lacked wherewithal to counter the Arab lobby or play against vote bank politics within the nation. Besides strategic , this visit also opened up vistas into economic, agricultural, water management spheres. As usual, the opposition , is raising hue and cry on seeing the soil slipping underneath their feet.
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                                          anil
                                          Jul 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm
                                          It is a false narrative that Congress would not have allowed this India Israel nexus or that the Indian Lefties would not have allowed this. I was an Indian Leftie and a congress supporter not any more – I am BJP supporter. All Congress was trying to do is balance India’s energy needs and the fact some 7 to 8 million Indians works in west Asia and repatriate foreign currency back to India. As a personal experience even while being in school in New Delhi while growing up we were appalled why India would not collaborate with Israel openly given the similarities between the Hindus, Sikh and Buddhist and people of Jewish faith as in all these groups being ancient cultures and none advocating violence . These so called opinion pieces do not take into account that it was open secret in India that Israel had helped Indian in 1962, in 1971 and again in Kargil in 1999. Congress governments were in power in those times
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