Suhasini Haidar’s article “The case for making it to Colombo” (Oct. 29) does not acknowledge that human rights are a universal concept, and must form the basis of India’s foreign policy. Jawaharlal Nehru, who Ms Haidar quotes, believed that arguments of state sovereignty must not be allowed to block the defence of human rights. “Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place,” Nehru said, “we cannot be and shall not be neutral.”
India is now a global player, and with its new power come new human rights responsibilities: of putting principle above narrow political interests; of acting not from fear or opportunism, but from respect for freedom and justice. Branding Amnesty International a western organisation would mean slighting the voices of two million Indians who support Amnesty International India’s Justice in Sri Lanka campaign.
Amnesty International India,