Congress President Sonia Gandhi while speaking at the opening session of Congress’ chintan shivir at Jaipur emphasised on peaceful ties with neighbouring countries. Sonia Gandhi said that the relations should be based on “principles of civilised behaviour”. Her statements come in the wake of the brutal killing of two Indian Army soldiers near the Line of Control by Pakistani troops on 8 January.
“Let us be very clear, our dialogue must be based on principles of civilised behavior. We will never compromise. India’s foreign policy has always had a vision for its unique position in world affairs. This will be enhanced when we strengthen democracy”, said the Congress President.
Sonia Gandhi said the party must strike a fine balance between allies, policies. “In some states the party has not been able to consolidate political support. This is an issue that will have to be looked at”, she said. “We have to strike a fine balance between respecting alliances and ensuring rejuvenation of the party”, she added.”In some cases, historic legislation by UPA has not been translated into political support; I hope that will be discussed”.
She also said, “The last nine years have been a period of tremendous economic growth, social change and technological innovation. We should look at our strengths, our weaknesses and the threats we face. We have to recognise the new India. The younger generation is more demanding and less tolerant.”