Kolkata : Assailing the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for its “non-existent” foreign policy, former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh Wednesday said here the chaotic situation in India’s neighbourhood is not in the interest of its security.
Asked what should India’s response be in the wake of the grenade attack at Bangkok airport earlier in the day, Singh said: “There are two issues. One, it is in India’s neighbourhood. In recent years the situation in India’s neighbourhood has been one of chaos. This is against our national security. It is not the ideal situation if India takes a backseat on these developments.”
“But, at the same time, it is happening beyond our borders. So I think India should respond if Thailand asks for support,” Jaswant said during an interaction at the Merchants Chamber of Commerce here.
“But for the four and half years, the UPA government’s foreign policy has been non-existent,” said Singh, who also served as the defence and finance minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.