United Nations: India’s Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurti has called out Pakistan’s “Pavlovian” response at the world body whenever India is mentioned, making it bring up its perceived grievances whatever matter is under discussion.
“I do not wish to waste the time of this Assembly by responding to the irrelevant and irresponsible remarks made by the representative of Pakistan, which has become ‘Pavlovian’ whenever India is mentioned,” Tirumurti said at a General Assembly session on Security Council reform.
“This is a forum for serious debate, not frivolous allegations,” Tirumurti said after Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Munir Akram launched an attack on India.
Pavlovian response is an irrational reaction to a psychological trigger originally observed in dogs by a Russian scientist, Ivan Pavlov. Having associated the sound of a bell with food, the dogs in his experiment were found to salivate whenever they heard a bell without connection to feeding.
Raking up Kashmir, Akram said India should not even hold the non-permanent Council seat for which it was elected with the votes of 184 members out of the 193 in the General Assembly and is set to assume in January.