Union Minister MJ Akbar said the government's handling of the Doklam crisis showed that India is "no longer the India of the 1960s".
In an oblique reference to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, he said those criticizing the government over the Doklam issue "clearly prove over and over again that they have no knowledge, no understanding, no IQ sense of what governance is all about".
Speaking in London, Rahul Gandhi said yesterday that the Doklam standoff with China was not an "isolated issue" but part of a "sequence of events" and if Prime Minister Narendra Modi was carefully watching the process, India could have stopped it.
Akbar said the only way to ensure peace is through "strength" as India was "perhaps being tested".
The Doklam stand-off was one of the most significant events of the govt's foreign policy, the Minister of State for External Affairs said.
"I wish they (critics) would not betray their inability to understand our country," he said speaking at a college in Mapusa near Panaji.
"We showed the world that this is not India of the 1960s (with Doklam response)," Akbar said.
"I cannot offer reasons as to why it happened...we certainly did not begin the clashes. Certainly a message of steadfast courage, commitment to our national interest (went out) and (there was) display of courage by defense forces under the leadership of our Prime Minister," he added.
"Those who criticized Doklam are being childish. The world heard us and recognized. And today we can see, after that, even our relationship with China has leaped forward," Akbar, the journalist-turned-politician said, adding, "World respects strength."
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