The article looks at the events that led to the European Parliament deferring a vote on the resolution critical of India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). It also discusses how India’s political and diplomatic interventions in various European capitals managed to prevent India-EU bilateral relationship from turning sour on the eve of the India-EU Summit.

The European Parliament (EP) putting off a vote on the controversial resolution on India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) last week has come as a relief to the country’s political leadership in general and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in particular. Media quoted unnamed sources in the MEA hailing the development as a ‘diplomatic victory’. Some even went a step further dubbing it as a loss for the Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), which was accused of masterminding the move to embarrass India in the European continent and beyond.

It is widely known that Pakistan’s MFA and the deep state that calls the shots in that country on such matters had stepped up their ongoing anti-India propaganda in world capitals and international bodies after India scrapped the special status enjoyed by the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), and also bifurcated it into two union territories in a sudden move in August 2019. While developments like the resolution adopted by the British Labour Party criticising the Indian action and statements emanating from other world capitals urging the Indian government to lift communication restrictions and the release of the detained political prisoners held in J&K appeared to be suo moto moves, the role of persistent lobbying by an assertive Pakistani propaganda machinery was visible to the discerning eye.

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Muraleedharan Nair
Muraleedharan Nair
Muraleedharan Nair is Senior Fellow with CPPR. He is a retired Indian diplomat who has served in the Indian missions in China (Shanghai and Guangzhou), Singapore, and Hong Kong. Mr Nair is one of Kerala’s foremost experts on China and writes for prominent magazines and newspapers in India. He can be contacted at muraleedharan@cppr.in