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    1962 conflict with China significantly damaged India's standing at world stage: S Jaishankar

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    Delivering the fourth Ramnath Goenka memorial lecture, Jaishankar also said the Simla agreement of 1972 resulted in a revanchist Pakistan continuing problems in Jammu and Kashmir.

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    In his address, Jaishankar touched upon a variety of issues while giving a run down of India's external engagement over the last few decades.

    India's position at world stage seemed assured but the 1962 conflict with China significantly damaged the country's standing, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday. Delivering the fourth Ramnath Goenka memorial lecture, he also said the Simla agreement of 1972 resulted in a revanchist Pakistan continuing problems in Jammu and Kashmir.

    In his address, Jaishankar touched upon a variety of issues while giving a run down of India's external engagement over the last few decades.

    "If the world is different (today), we need to think, talk and engage accordingly. Falling back is unlikely to help," he said, adding "purposeful pursuit of national interest is shifting global dynamics."

    Highlighting India's new approach in dealing with terrorism, he compared "lack of response" to the Mumbai terror attack to the way the country responded to the Uri and Pulwama strikes.

    On India walking away from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the external affairs minister said no agreement was better than having a bad agreement.

    Giving a historical perspective to geopolitical issues, Jaishankar said, "For years India's position on the world state seemed assured, but the 1962 conflict with China significantly damaged India's standing." The Ramnath Goenka memorial lecture has been organised by the Indian Express Group.
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    MonkeyBathNoSaviour266 days ago
    India was ruined more by CON looter dynasty in 65 years much more than 1000 years of Islamic slavery and 250 years of colonial racist looting. Corruption wherever possible, Unification, left oriented socialism, reservation, imposition of secularism on 95% Hindus in post partition 1947, harping on freedom of speech, and religion but ignoring fundamental freedom for natural human movement, pseudo secular, pseudo intellectual, pseudo democratic sycophancy. INDIA CAN NEVER BE SAVED EVEN IF WE GET 1000 MODIs as long as NaMO keeps on delivering Monkey Baths instead of taking a gun and shooting down all anti-nationals
    Nag Balkur266 days ago
    the minister said is absolutely right. It was Nehru''s blunders that cost the India heavily and Indian for generations will pay a very heavy price
    Narasimha Babu Chintamani266 days ago
    Nehru the victim
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