The Tribune 16th September 2018
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann:
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that we do not understand why Mr. Ajit Doval, a non-constitutional rank of National Security Adviser, who is not responsible to the parliament, an essentiality in a parliamentary form government goes and deals with the US Secretary of State, the Defence Secretary and the American National Security Adviser John Bolton, all of whom are appointed by the President but yet their appointments have to be confirmed by the US Congress, and moreover the US Congressional Committees can call all these appointees to their meetings and also hold them responsible for their acts of omissions and commissions.
Our party does not understand why the parliament here is so soft on such appointees who are not responsible to it. When I as a Member of Parliament on the Foreign Affairs Committee asked the then External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha why RAW, the Intelligence Agency did not come under the External Affairs Ministry, as does MI6 of Great Britain which is under the Brit Foreign Office and hence responsible to Parliament, it left Mr. Sinha speechless, obviously as the Hindu parliamentarians are new to parliamentary affairs and as such unfamiliar but weighed in by their party bosses, they lack the spirit of a true democrat.
We hope the present Parliament will rein all branches of the government that are not responsible to parliament. We also do not know while the present Foreign Secretary and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj let Mr. Doval handle important foreign affairs matters. It is thus that after the détente between China and Russia, all neighboring countries of Hindu India, such as Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka and Maldives have walked into the camp of China and Russia. This is one of the main causes why the value of the rupee is falling and the economy is on the decline, as foreign investors seek greater security, which now the Hindu Indian state cannot give them. We hope the 2+2 dialogue will keep the Hindu state buoyant for the time being as the American’s have cut off their relations with oil rich Iran and defence supplier Russia. The Sikh’s would have the American’s to be more forceful on Human Rights of the Sikh’s and take legal recourse to the genocide and ethnic cleansing perpetrated on the Sikh peoples.
Simranjit Singh Mann