Moving from the restrained tone of her parting letter to former colleagues, former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh hit out at the government on Friday, by asking why her reputation was being maligned. She sought credit for the government’s foreign policy successes, and took a dig at her successor.
In an interview to NDTV, Singh said, "My reputation is being maligned. My record is being trashed. Why was this necessary? Why has it become so low and dirty?" She said she wanted to put the record straight, as a campaign on social media is being ‘manipulated and deliberately driven’.
Singh said she had been offered a constitutional position in December as an exit route, but she declined because she felt her commitment was to her service and the ministry. “I want an honorable exit. I don’t mean tenure as ambassador or tenure in UPSC. I mean an exit which is in keeping with what I have been as an individual, what I have been as an officer, as foreign secretary.”
Asking for more credit, Singh said the government had done a lot on the foreign policy front in the last eight months, and the PM and EAM could not have achieved it on their own, in a vacuum. Amid reports of the sterling experience of the new FS S Jaishankar, Singh said ‘intellectual honesty and integrity’ were far more important for her than ‘intellectual brilliance’.