When the going gets tough, the tough get going: Salman Khurshid

Shadab Moizee @shadabmoizee

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, who served as the Minister of Exteral Affairs and of Law and Justice and Minority Affairs in Manmohan Singh's Cabinet, has joined the league of public figures penning down their memoirs.

"We have been through tough times, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going," said Khurshid, dressed in a white shirt and brown tweed jacket, reminiscing about the ups and downs he witnessed during the UPA's term.

Khurshid was talking to Catch about 'The Other Side of the Mountain', his new title. It analyses Congress's loss in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and highlights the fluctuating fortunes of the Bharatiya Janata Party and other political parties.

"There is no difference between my strategies as external affairs minister and the NDA government's strategy. But when we try to resume peace talks we are called "dishonest" and "unpatriotic", but when they do it, it is passed off as far-sighted diplomacy," Khurshid said.

This book has been written to reveal "what you see upfront is not the same at the back" and the Congress will rejuvenate soon to make the country beautiful, the former minister said.

Khurshid feels that "there was a sudden sense of disquiet among people and unfortunately the way congress handled the situation, didn't help them." And then an upcoming Aam Aadmi Party got a tremendous advantage over others.

The book is not about foreign policy alone. Khurshid identifies the internal conflict within the country.

On asking why the Congress wasn't demanding a probe against the Batla House encounter now, but he pointed the question towards AAP.

"Why should we raise the issue when Aam Aadmi Party is in power? We have raised it already. If they genuinely believe that something wrong was done in Batla House they should enquire, but if they believe nothing wrong was done so they should apologise," Khurshid said.

Shadab Moizee

Shadab Moizee @shadabmoizee