Sitaram Yechury’s Odd-Even formula jibe to slam Modi’s foreign policy


The Communist Party of India-Marxist’s General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury, on Tuesday slammed the confused foreign policy of Narendra Modi government particularly towards Pakistan.

In a series of tweets posted on Tuesday evening, the veteran Marxist said, “Odd-Even formula might work for controlling vehicular emissions. How suitable is this for India-Pakistan talks? Why such ad-hocism? Why were the talks abruptly stalled and on what basis are they being secretly resumed? Why is the Parliament in dark?”

Yechury used a hashtag #neighbourhoodmess on twitter to make a point on the perceived confusion that prevailed around India’s foreign policy since Modi became prime minister in May last year.

Mocking Modi’s ‘grandstanding’ displayed by him during the Lok Sabha elections last year, Yechury asked if that had been of any help.

He said, “CPIM has always welcomed talks. But why hold them outside India/Pak? Did your grandstanding help?”

As a challenger to prime minister’s post, Modi had repeatedly maintained that ‘Bomb, Bandook ki awaaz ke beech kya baat cheet nahi ho sakti hai (you can’t talk to your enemy while sound of bomb and guns can still be heard).

BJP’s critics have been quick to criticise the central government for it’s ‘utter inconsistency’ while dealing with Pakistan.

India had cancelled the NSA-level talks scheduled for 23 August this year insisting that Kashmir could not be on the agenda. Three months later, the national security advisors of both the countries met in Bangkok to discuss host of issues including Kashmir.

This, according to critics, was a major climbdown in India’s position and smacked of Modi’s confused foreign policy.

The external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, is currently in Pakistan, where she is likely to hold talks with several Pakistani leaders including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.