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Sunday, 05 July 2020 8.26 PM IST

India has ‘isolated’ itself through CAA, says former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon

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NEW DELHI: Former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon on Friday slammed the government for amending the Citizenship Act, saying India had “isolated” itself through the move and the list of critical voices both at home and abroad is “pretty long”.

Speaking at an event where a number of academics discussed the adverse implications of the contentious law, which has led to nationwide protests, Menon said the perception of India had changed after the law was passed.

“India has isolated itself through the move and the list of critical voices in the international community is also pretty long now. The perception of India has changed in the last few months. Even our friends have been taken aback,” Menon said.

“What we have achieved in the recent past is to hyphenate our (India’s) image with Pakistan in a fundamental way, which is an intolerant state,” said the former National Security Advisor.

What the world thinks matters more to us now than ever before, he said and asserted that disengagement or going alone is not an option.

“But we seem determined with actions like these (CAA) to cut off and isolate ourselves. That is no good to anybody,” he said.

“We seem to be in violation of international covenants. Those who think that international laws cannot be enforced, they must consider political and other consequences of being perceived as violators of international conventions,” he added.

Others who spoke at the event at Press Club were academics including Zoya Hasan, Niraja Jayal and Faizan Mustafa among others

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