India’s decision to abstain from voting on the U.S.-sponsored resolution in the UNHRC against Sri Lanka reflects New Delhi’s balancing act between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. One must appreciate the fact that India acquired the moral courage to abstain from voting. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statement that resolution hampers reconciliation is unconvincing.
Nothing can be more atrocious than speaking for reconciliation without dispensing justice; justice is a deep human need and forms part of the glue that holds society together.
Any defence of India’s abstention reflects the lack of a steady foreign policy bereft of political considerations and coalition party pressures. India has been doing a flip-flop from its stands in 2012 and 2013. As a formidable Asian country, India should have a more steady and issue-based approach in its foreign policy, especially towards its neighbours. It should not cave in under either internal or external pressures.