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India must show maturity in response to international criticism of internal matters

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India must show maturity in response to international criticism of internal matters

  • MEA summoned the Singapore High Commissioner after a speech earlier this week by the Singapore Prime Minister.

Context

  • Singapore PM gave a speech regarding declining political probity in India and Israel where he mentioned allegations on Indian Parliamentarians.
  • Those allegations were regarding various criminal cases pending and were filed against many politicians.

About the Speech

Singapore Prime Minister:

  • There is a decline in political probity in India after PM Nehru’s tenure.
  • Singapore must stem any political corruption if it is to not “go down that road”.
  • About half of all Indian Lok Sabha MPs face criminal charges, which are not baseless.
  • Many of these cases could be motivated by political rivalry.

Government's Reaction

  • Speech was an unexpected broadside despite high praise for Nehru.
  • Mr. Lee’s examples were arbitrary and contained unusual criticism of a friendly country.
  • Singapore’s very controlled version of democracy cannot be compared to India’s more vibrant democratic traditions.

Conclusion

  • This event is unlikely to cause more than a ripple across the broader deep bilateral relationship with Singapore.
  • India must show maturity in response to international criticism of internal matters.
  • Government must avoid an international reputation that lends itself to the Shakespearean line.

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