Indian media criticise Delhi’s ‘diplomatic error’ over Commonwealth summit

Indian media criticise Delhi’s ‘diplomatic error’ over Commonwealth summit

Indian media criticise Delhi’s ‘diplomatic error’ over Commonwealth summit

Written by Staff Writer

11 Nov, 2013 | 1:43 pm

Media in India see Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s boycott of the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka as a “diplomatic error”.
Reports say Singh cancelled his visit and decided to send his foreign minister instead due to political pressure from regional Tamil parties in India.
In reference to this, Sri Lanka said that  Singh’s decision was “not a defeat” for the summit.The Deccan Herald feels Singh has made a “serious diplomatic error” by cancelling his participation.
“It is very wrong to allow the country’s foreign policy to be held hostage to the narrow political and electoral considerations of regional parties. A weak government is setting a bad precedent for future, and no one gains from it too,” the paper adds.
The Times of India says the government has taken the decision due to “populist electoral considerations”.
“This utter capitulation to domestic political sentiment – months before the general elections – exemplifies an infirm government whose creeping paralysis has affected its foreign policy as well,” it says. For The Hindu, India’s diplomatic blunder can lead to Sri Lanka looking for other allies in the region.
The paper adds that “it is debatable if Sri Lanka will turn into a Chinese satellite in the Indian Ocean as is commonly feared, but clearly, the island will be looking for other allies in the region and beyond”.
 
-BBC-

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