No party should become slave of a decision: Salman Khurshid

KhurshidExternal Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid speaks his mind on domestic politics.

In an exclusive interview to Shubhajit Roy on the way back from Colombo after a two-day visit, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid speaks his mind on domestic politics: what made Rahul Gandhi speak his mind on the ordinance on convicted MPs, why the RTI should not apply on political parties, on Telangana, and why is the Home Minister's letter on detention of minority youth important.

Was it a right move by Rahul Gandhi to speak out on the ordinance issue, especially after it had been discussed for about two months and decided by the Cabinet?

My opinion is that you can split hair as long as you desire to say something, but on any issue, there is no reason why we should have a closed mind after taking a prima facie view. Clearly in a democracy, lot depends on feedback that you get, opinions, change in perceptions and reassessment from time to time. No party nor individual should become a slave of a decision that has been taken or become confined to a limited view. I don't know what kind of intellectual exercise he (Rahul) went through. But I assume that he must have received feedback from a lot of people, he may have talked to a lot of people and then arrived at a conclusion, which, I think has received approval from a very vast number of people. The pursuance power of the idea that he gave, was apparent to everybody. Now, you can say why it was not apparent earlier. It may well have been apparent to many people. The reason why we did the ordinance in the first place was largely to do with pragmatic politics, and politics is a matter of practicality and pragmatism. At times, a larger reason of higher public morality can override practical, pragmatic politics. And this kind of interplay between pragmatism and principle takes place in politics all the time.

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