Shivshankar Menon, former foreign secretary in an event at Press Club of India said that cumulative effect of series of actions over the past year from Union government’s action over J&K to the enactment of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), has made India “increasingly isolated” on the global front.
Menon cited Article 2(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as possibly being violated by India’s actions as it reads to apply to all individuals and not just citizens.
Speaking at an event organised by Constitutional Conduct group, Menon said, “What we have achieved in recent past is to hyphenate our image with Pakistan’s in a fundamental way as religiously-driven and intolerant states…we have lost India’s ability to be an example and model for other countries in the subcontinent…”
The former bureaucrat also questioned Foreign minister S.Jaishankar’s decision to cancel meeting with US Congress’s foreign affairs committee, which was to be attended by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapala who was anticipated to table a resolution criticising CAA.
” All knowledgeable people I have spoken to seem to agree that we seem to be a violation of our international commitments. For those who say international law cannot be enforced, we must consider the political and other consequences of being perceived as violators of the law,” Menon said.
Pointing out that United Nations High Commission has condemned CAA and UN Security Council has discussed Kashmir after two decades, Menon also highlighted international media reactions from the ‘Wall Street Journal’ to the ‘Guardian’. Referring to Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan’s remarks on CAA, Menon said, ” Even our friends have taken aback. Is this what we want?” Critiquing the actions, he said that India has gifted its adversaries a platform from which to attack it on.