Exclusive interview: We Want the region to be free from big power conflicts: BJP National General Secretary (Watch Video)

Exclusive interview: We Want the region to be free from big power conflicts: BJP National General Secretary (Watch Video)

Written by Staff Writer

03 Mar, 2015 | 9:39 pm

”We want the region to be free from big power conflicts.”

The above sentiment was expressed by Ram Madhav, the BJP National General Secretary, in an exclusive interview with News1st, when he was questioned on the Sino-Lankan relationship and India’s concerns.

Madhav who is currently in Sri Lanka ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in the country, visited the News1st Centre in Colombo on Tuesday.

Speaking during the interview, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said that India and Sri Lanka have not been just close neighboUrs but they have been close friends for many, many years.

He noted that the both nations had ups and downs in their relationship but with the advent of the new government here and the new government of India, they are trying to upgrade their ties with this country.

He went onto note that they want to work with the Sri Lankan government in a manner that will be beneficial to both. Adding that they have no other interest in this relationship except to ensure that their friendship helps Sri Lanka to grow and Sri Lanka’s closeness with India helps also India in its endeavor to grow.

Over the past several years, Chinese influence in Sri Lanka has been growing steadily with the East Asian power being heavily involved in the country’s post-war infrastructure development.

Speaking on the Sino-Lanka relationship from the Indian perspective, Madhav noted that we all have stakes in this region and are all sovereign and important powers.

He went on to note that India is growing as an economic power so they want this region to be peacful and want the region to be free from any power struggle.

While the BJP rode Modi’s wave of popularity to victory at the general elections last year, it suffered its first major setback earlier this year when Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, stormed to victory at the Delhi State polls, leaving the BJP with only three seats.

While accepting the BJP’s defeat in the nation’s capital, Madhav highlighted the fact that the BJP had been able to form governments in seven of the eight states where elections were held.

Ram Madhav  who was appointed National General Secretary of the BJP last year is also the Director of India Foundation- An independent think-tank focussed on the issues, challenges and opportunities of the Indian polity.

An active journalist and writer for over 20 years, he has authored several books, with the latest being Uneasy Neighbors: India and China after Fifty Years of the War.

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