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Politics on Masood Azhar: Which side is the Congress President batting for?
Rahul Gandhi as President of the Congress party should always try to speak with maturity especially when the issue is of national interest, for example India's airstrike on Balakot.

Shouldn't he be responsible enough not to question the success of Indian security forces on inflicting severe damage to a terrorist organisation like JeM? Apart from asking for proof of the airstrike he asked, "Who released Masood Azhar?" Following China's technical hold on UN ban on Masood Azhar as a global terrorist as per UN 1267 sanction committee, Congress and Rahul Gandhi termed India's diplomacy under Narendra Modi as very weak. For which side is Rahul Gandhi batting?

When IC 814 was hijacked on 24th December 1999, it was completely a new situation for India. The plane was in a hostile territory of Taliban ruled Afghanistan with whom India didn't have any diplomatic relations. Pakistan's involvement in this hijacking was an open secret. The real problem was that India's diplomatic relations with the UAE and Saudi Arabia weren't so close like in the present day. Thus, India was purely helpless at that time. An Israel style attack could have resulted in to heavy causalities of Indian commandos without any support from the neighbouring countries. Although Taliban ruled Afghanistan, but everyone knew at that time that Pakistan's military was the main protector of Taliban. So any rescue action would have been counterproductive and also risky for the two hundred plus civilian passengers kept hostage on the plane.

Internally also there were demands from the Indian government to secure the release of the passengers. In an all-party meeting attended by Sonia Gandhi and Natwar Singh while the Congress supported any type of action by the government but clearly said that the security of the passengers was a priority. In that situation what Vajpayee could have done? 'Decision Analysis', a special branch of academic subject that deals with decision making, clearly says that no decision should be judged as per the outcome rather as per the process involved in arriving at the decision. The Vajpayee government consulted everyone and took a decision which was a wise decision in context of the situation.

A lot of terrorists have been released earlier due to hostage situations involving various relatives of politicians. If 15 to 20 terrorists can be released in exchange of one relative of a politicians, isn't it wise to release three terrorists in exchange for more than two hundred citizens of India? Are the lives of the relatives of politicians more valuable than ordinary civilians? If this can't be understood by Rahul Gandhi, he's not even fit to be president of any political party, leave alone the post of the Prime Minister of India.

Similarly, questioning the diplomacy of Indian government on China's blockade. China hasn't blocked it for the first time. For the last ten years it has been blocking the ban. But is it a f-ailure of Indian diplomacy? Clearly not. Not to forget that this time the proposal was brought by France, UK and USA. If Indian diplomacy fails then diplomacy of USA, UK and France too also failed.

In fact I would say it's a win for Indian diplomacy as China was exposed by supporting a terrorist. It is cornered in the eyes of the world. Rest of the world is condemning China's position and technically China is citing excuses for a face saver. All stood behind India and only China stood behind Pakistan. This has great repercussions for Pakistan too. It will not get any leniency from IMF to which it asked some urgent loan nor will FATF consider it lightly. This UN exercise in fact angered world body against China and Pakistan and thus its win for Indian diplomacy.

Rahul Gandhi must learn how to talk whenever there are issues of national importance, national security, diplomacy and foreign affairs. The petty barbs on internal politics are alright. But immature comments on international matters really hurt India's national interest.

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