Former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon. (file photo)
Former foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon on Sunday said the 1971 war had shifted the balance of power in the subcontinent in favor of India as it destroyed Pakistan’s ability to pose a threat on two fronts. Bangladesh was born only after that war. He said that today Bangladesh is emerging as a ‘success story’ which has surpassed even India and Pakistan in terms of per capita income and human development indicators.
Speaking at the ‘Golden Victory Year Symposium’ organized here to mark 50 years of India’s victory in the 1971 war, Menon said, “The balance of power in the Indian subcontinent is in India’s favor as soon as Pakistan’s ability to threaten on two fronts ends. I bowed down and even after years of defeat, Pakistan did not have the confidence to wage a conventional war.
Menon, a former diplomat who played the role of National Security Advisor during the tenure of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said that peace between India and Pakistan was maintained for nearly three decades after this war, this peace remained until Pakistan thought that Nuclear weapons can change the balance and Karigal tried to create a problem, but again he failed.
According to Menon, this war gave a lesson to Pakistan that it cannot win from India in a conventional war or on the behest of China and America. As a result, Pakistan has adopted terrorism and non-traditional violence through jihadist organizations as a policy, he said. “Pakistan made it a routine state policy, especially after using it in jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s,” the former diplomat said.
India and Bangladesh have cordial relations: Menon
He said the positive impact of the war was certainly greater than the Bangladeshi political impact. According to Menon, today India and Bangladesh enjoy cordial relations and they are contributing in a real and effective way to each other’s security and prosperity. Speaking on the India-Pakistan war, the former diplomat said that the 1971 war changed the geopolitics of the subcontinent.
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