"What we have done is not against Iran. Give diplomacy time to find a via media that is mutually acceptable," he said at the Rashtrapati Bhavan [ Images ] after President A P J Abdul Kalam [ Images ] gave away the Lal Bahadur Shastri [ Images ] National Award for excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management for 2004 to former civil servant C Srivastava.
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Citing the Bagwat Gita, Dr Singh also played down the strong criticism by Communist Party of India-Marxist holding him 'directly responsible' for India's vote.
"Gita says one must do one's duty unmindful of the consequences," the prime minister said.
Accusing the United Progressive Alliance [ Images ] government of 'appeasing' the US, Karat in a strongly-worded article in his party organ asserted that the Left cannot countenance this 'new direction' of the foreign policy