Calling it as "calculated vote," a top official today defended India's vote to the resolution in the recent United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva on Sri Lanka and said that the Island Republic has "not done enough" and was "not doing what it promised to."
"..We believe that country (Sri Lanka) although has won the war, is losing the peace..Definitely in the long term, because they have not done enough. Or they are not doing what they promised to. Definitely, our voice was in that direction," Lt Gen (retd) Prakash Menon, Military Advisor to National Security Council Secretariat said while addressing a seminar here.
"Of course, you can say that the Central government was influenced by coalition politics. But, in the end its all about national interest. It was a calculated vote. It is not something we have done off the card," he said.
Brushing aside critics that China was going to leverage in Sri Lanka, Menon said, "All our neighbours play this game with us. Nepal plays, Bangladesh plays, Sri Lanka plays. But we must understand that is natural for small countries to deal with a bigger neighbour like this. But it does not mean that Sri Lanka can forget its geography. So we know where we stand and what we are voted upon is a value-based vote."
Calling upon people to believe in themselves as a strong country, he said, "When we say that China is actually becoming powerful militarily, then the strategic question to ask is, 'So what?' The answer to that question would obviously have a whole lot of meanings," he said, delivering a lecture at a national seminar on 'Challenges to India's Security in 21th Century.'
"We don't want to be told how to deal with China, because we know that both are very old civilizations. We know that we have differences. But we also know that we are mature enough to deal with them", Menon said.
Observing that India believed in partnerships, he said, "India will partner China on climate issues on trade. It is partner with the US on nuclear proliferation . So the context will decide India's partnerships."
There was a difference between India's nuclear weapons against others, he said, "People don't look at the way they look at Pakistan's nuclear weapons. Why is this so? Because ownership of nuclear weapons matters. Who owns it? When Pakistan has nuclear weapons and North Korea has nuclear weapons, it is completely different from when India has nuclear weapons."
Pointing out that human capital that services the national security system was definitely in need of a significant improvement, he said, "If you look at the Ministry of Defence or Ministry Home Affairs or the organisation in which I am, you will find that the human capital which populates those structures are mostly Generals. They are people who hold a five-year term, initially learn on the job. I do not think it is possible to run an effective system with this."