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'Yes, the Indian Foreign Service has changed, it's called defending national interest': Jaishankar's sharp response to Rahul Gandhi Indian Foreign Service
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'Yes, the Indian Foreign Service has changed, it's called defending national interest': Jaishankar's sharp response to Rahul Gandhi

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 21 May 2022, 07:32 pm

New Delhi: Foreign minsiter S Jaishankar has hit back at Rahul Gandhi, who quoting some unnamed European bureaucrats, commented that the Indian Foreign Service has completely changed and become arrogant. 

Reacting sharply to the Congress leader's comment, Jaishankar said what was being termed as "arrogance" is "defending national interest"  and the "change" is "reflection of confidence".

"Yes, the Indian Foreign Service has changed. Yes, they follow the orders of the Government. Yes, they counter the arguments of others.

''No, it's not called Arrogance," Jaishankar said.

"It is called Confidence. And it is called defending National Interest (sic)," the minister said.

Gandhi was speaking at an iteractive session at a conference themed 'Ideas for India' in London, where he slammed the BJP government at the Centre on multiple issues.
 
He said the "deep state" in India is active and gaining control of institutions. He also criticised the Indian Foreign Service.
 
"I was talking to some bureaucrats from Europe and they were saying that the Indian foreign service has completely changed, they do not listen to anything. They are arrogant... There is no conversation," he said.