Jaishankar Criticizes Rahul Gandhi, Remarking 'Certain Matters Surpass Politics When Overseas'

Days following Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's continuous critique of PM Narendra Modi and his administration while on a trip to the US, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made his comments.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made his comments.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made his comments.Image Credit: PTI

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar indirectly criticized former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi days after his critical remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP government during his visit to the United States.

S Jaishankar emphasized the significance of prioritizing matters beyond politics when one venture outside the country, implying that it is crucial to bear this in mind.

Following his participation in the BRICS foreign ministers' meeting, S Jaishankar addressed a diaspora event in Cape Town.

Rahul Gandhi, the former Member of Parliament from Wayanad, referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "specimen" and expressed that there are individuals in India who believe they possess superior knowledge than both God and the Prime Minister.

In India, there exists a group of individuals who firmly believe that they possess complete knowledge and understanding, to the extent that they consider themselves to be more knowledgeable than even God.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made his comments.
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Jaishankar Avoids Politics on International Travels

During an event called 'Mohabbat ki Dukaan' held in the state of California, Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the BJP government, accusing them of taking control of various institutions.

Rahul Gandhi, speaking at the 'Mohabbat ki Dukaan' event in California, asserted that the BJP has gained control over the media and various institutions, exerting pressure and issuing threats to ensure their dominance and amplify their voice.

Taking a veiled dig, S Jaishankar emphasized that he speaks for himself and refrains from engaging in political activities during his international travels.

When questioned, India's top diplomat responded by saying, "I am fully prepared to engage in vigorous debates and arguments within the country. You will never find me lacking in that aspect."

However, S Jaishankar expressed the belief that in a democratic culture, there exists a shared responsibility and consideration for the national interest and collective image.

Jaishankar Stresses Politics
Jaishankar Stresses PoliticsImage Credit: PTI

Jaishankar Stresses Politics' Limits Abroad

S Jaishankar highlighted the importance of remembering that certain matters transcend politics, particularly when one is abroad.

S Jaishankar asserted that while he may strongly disagree with someone, he prefers to address those differences upon returning home rather than during international visits. He stated firmly, "Watch me when I get back."

According to Jaishankar, a significant aspect of India's current foreign policy is highly concentrated on ensuring the well-being and security of Indian citizens residing overseas.

Jaishankar emphasized the significance of establishing responsive systems to address challenging circumstances, considering the increased global presence of Indians due to globalization.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made his comments.
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