History repeats itself,says former foreign secy

Venkateswaran resigned from his post in January 1987 after he was snubbed by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published:September 29, 2013 12:40 am

“AS someone has said,history repeats itself,first as a tragedy and then as a farce,’’ said former Foreign Secretary A P Venkateswaran on Saturday,with reference to Rahul Gandhi’s public criticism of the ordinance.

Venkateswaran resigned from his post in January 1987 after he was snubbed by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

“My resignation was a spontaneous action,since I have always believed that life without honour is no living at all,’’ said Venkateswaran. “I felt that the statement (by Rajiv Gandhi) was an arrogant attempt to try and humiliate (me),when all the facts were on my side,like his impending visit to Pakistan for the SAARC summit,’’ he added.

He was referring to the incident when Rajiv,while replying to a query on contradictions in statements made by him and the foreign secretary on a visit to Pakistan,said,“Soon you will be talking to a new foreign secretary’’.

Venkateswaran now lives in Bangalore and is the chairman of the Asia centre of a think tank. Refusing to comment further on the 1987 events,he said: “I believe that grave-digging is not a pleasant task. Please let this matter rest.”

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