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India and Israel both victims of terrorism

?STRATEGIC INTEREST should be a priority for India in formulating our foreign policy in the context of Israeli attack on Lebanon. Not only Israel has helped India during the Kargil war but also both India and Israel are victims of terrorism,? said Pankaj Mishra a student of LLM (Ist Semester) at Law Faculty in Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 01:29 IST

“STRATEGIC INTEREST should be a priority for India in formulating our foreign policy in the context of Israeli attack on Lebanon. Not only Israel has helped India during the Kargil war but also both India and Israel are victims of terrorism,” said Pankaj Mishra a student of LLM (Ist Semester) at Law Faculty in Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

Initiating a group discussion on ‘Israeli Attack on Lebanon in Indian Perspective’, organised under the banner of ‘Academique’ in BHU here on Wednesday, he said “India should support Israeli stand and if this position is difficult to be maintained, it can remain neutral, otherwise our relations with Israel and the United States will be adversely affected.

He advocated for the neutrality in view of the fact that both Israel and Lebanon were equally important for India.  

Anupam Priyadarshi of M.Sc (Ist Semester), Mathematics Department, said it was not a war but a struggle of existence, in which India should support Israel against Hizbullahs.

Ashish Kumar Mishra of BA (IInd year) Geography Department, was of the view that Hizbullah was the puppets in the hand of countries like Iran, which had threatened to wipe out the existence of Israel from the map of the world.

“Against the terrorist activities of Hizabullah, India should stand in support of Israel,” he added.

Dinesh Kumar of Law (IIIrd Semester) argued that it was difficult to determine as to who, among Israel and Lebanon, was the terrorist.

“Since there was no criterion to determine a terrorist State. India should neither support Israel nor Hizbullah,” he said.

Bhagya Narayan Jha of Law (IIIrd Semester) was of the opinion that in view of the fact that Israeli attack on Lebanon was not an attack on a country but against the militants, India should support the cause of Israel.

Besides, a number of students from different streams expressed their views in the discussion. Chairman of Human Rights Cell in Banaras Hindu University, Prof DP Verma welcomed the guests whereas Rahul Kumar conducted the programme.
Vijay Kishore Tiwari proposed the formal vote of thanks.