‘India should nurture healthy relation with neighbours’

Bhubaneswar: Praising Prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign and the recent stand against Pakistan, former foreign secretary Vivek Katju said nurturing good relations with her neighbours is the need of the hour for India.

Delivering the keynote address at the 14th Nalco Foundation Day Lecture on ‘Foreign Policy: Challenges and Prospects’ here yesterday, Katju lauded the Indian Coast Guard personnel for their act of bravery in chasing a suspicious terror boat off the Gujarat coast on New Year eve.

“Friendship is something which can happen between two individuals, but not between countries as national interest should be given top priority,” said Katju.

Speaking on India’s diplomatic relationship with China, he said, “China should show greater interest and more concern about Indians if they expect the same from us.”

The former diplomat also strongly condemned Taliban’s attack on an Army school in Peshawar in Pakistan last month, in which more than 130 innocent children were brutally killed.

Among others, Nalco chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) Ansuman Das and director (HR) S.C. Padhy were present on the occasion.