Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday advised nations, including those in India's neighbourhood, to refrain from commenting on its internal matters and asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was taken in the larger interest to protect the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country.
He also said that India was a parliamentary democracy and the decision to abrogate Article 370 provisions, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was taken after a detailed discussion in Parliament and with the support of a majority of the members.
He made these remarks while delivering the first Sushma Swaraj Memorial Lecture, organised by Panjab University, according to an official statement
His comments come close on the heels of China making a fresh attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council.
The Ministry of External Affairs has said that New Delhi "firmly" rejects Beijing's "interference" in the country's internal affairs.
According to the statement, "Naidu wanted other nations to mind their own issues rather than interfering in the affairs of other countries."
Referring to the feelings expressed by the late Sushma Swaraj on Article 370 before her death, the vice president said that as the external affairs minister, she used to articulate India''s position quite efficiently and in a "sweet and sober manner".
"But at the same time, she used to convey the stand of the country in a firm manner," the statement said quoting him.