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'India never sought to be big brother'

India has never consciously played the big brother in South Asia although there is a general feeling that it may be acting like one, said External Affairs Minister of State Shashi Tharoor in Shillong on Friday, reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2010 01:44 IST
HT Correspondent

India has never consciously played the big brother in South Asia although there is a general feeling that it may be acting like one, said External Affairs Minister of State Shashi Tharoor in Shillong on Friday.

"India accounts for 70 per cent of South Asia's population and 80 per cent of the region's GDP, so many feel we act like a big brother at times. We have never consciously sought it," he said on the sidelines of an international seminar titled "From Land Locked to Land Linked: North East India in BIMSTEC".

BIMSTEC stands for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation.

"We want to act, if necessary, asymmetrically within South Asia and to even give more than our share," he said.