Decisions on Pakistan cannot be based on emotion: Rahul Gandhi
Gandhi, who spoke in the sub-group on 'India and the World' at the party's brainstorming conclave here, is believed to have told the participants that while tough steps are taken in some situations, decisions cannot guided by emotions, sources said.
“We should take tough steps but not be emotional in our response,” he said as the majority of participants sought strict action against Pakistan.
Interestingly, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, who also participated in the discussion, advocated “balance” in dealing with such provocative situations.
He pointed out that India conducts its diplomacy in such a way that it maintains friendly relationships with countries, which are sworn enemies between themselves.
The discussion in the sub-group witnessed participation of a large number of delegates from Youth Congress and NSUI.
Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi advocated strong action against Pakistan after the beheading of the Indian soldiers and felt that the party's base document for discussing the issue was “mild” in tone.
Alvi said Congress should send a message to the country that “we are strong and will not take such things lying down”.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had attended the discussion in the yesterday during which he had said while India wants to maintain good relations with all countries including Pakistan, it becomes difficult after such acts by Pakistan.
Party leaders said several delegates attending the
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