MMS ‘saintly man’ but ‘ro­bust’ on threats In­dia faced: Ex-PM Cameron

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Naomi Can­ton

Lon­don: For­mer UK PM David Cameron de­scribes ex-In­dian PM Man­mo­han Singh in his mem­oir as a “saintly man” who was “ro­bust” on the threats In­dia faced.

“He told me that an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack like that in Mum­bai in July 2011, and In­dia would have to take mil­i­tary ac­tion against Pak­istan,” Cameron states in “For the Record”, pub­lished in the UK on Thurs­day and to be re­leased in In­dia on Oc­to­ber 10. PIO Lord Gad­hia, who worked closely with Cameron on UK-In­dia re­la­tions, said: “The book shows that Man­mo­han Singh was per­haps not as spine­less as ex­ter­nal per­cep­tions sug­gest. Left to his own de­vices, with­out in­ter­fer­ence from So­nia Gandhi, he was quite wary of the sit­u­a­tion and the need to take ef­fec­tive ac­tion.”

Cameron said he “got on well with” Singh and spoke with af­fec­tion about PM Modi. “When it came to In­dia, I ar­gued that we needed a mod­ern part­ner­ship — not one tinged with colo­nial guilt,” he wrote.

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