Tharoor: India can't talk peace at gunpoint

Published: 05 December, 2013 07:00 IST | The Centrestage Team |

At a recent event organised by Indian Merchant's Chambers (IMC), Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shashi Tharoor said, "India has always stood for peace

We are ready to negotiate peace with our neighbour but not at the cost of country’s self-respect and a gun on our head. Too many people think that you can do anything to India, Indians will not react. They will forget after a while and ultimately forgive.

(L-R): Sunanda Tharoor, Shashi Tharoor and Prabodh Thakker, Vice President, IMC

No, we are not a soft state.” Talking about the terror attacks of 26/11, he said, “Perpetrators of those horrifically killed five years ago are still safe across the border. The ideology that sent them here is still prevailing, and we must not relax our guard.

” The event was held to commemorate the security personnel and innocent civilians who lost their lives five years ago. Prabodh Thakker, VP, IMC thanked Tharoor and further strongly asserted the IMC’s commitment to the elimination of terrorism from society.

Tharoor’s been visiting Mumbai regularly for the last five years after 26/11 and this includes the phase when he was not a minister in the Union Government. He said, “I’ll keep coming back year after year and this is something which I am very strongly committed to even at a personal level.” 

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