India, Brazil and South Africa – 3 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council – have come out against the idea of a ‘non-fly’ zone over Libya. Russia and China will have to take note and may be secretly pleased. US hopes of striking a Faustian deal with Russia and China run into difficulty. Barack Obama can always resurrect his predecessor’s doctrine of ‘unilateralism’ and humanitarian intervention’ but then, he will be drinking from the chalice of poison. The Indian stance forms a template of the rethink of Indian policies as is obvious from the consultations of NSA Shiv Shankar Menon in Tehran and his engrossing conversation with Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. Read my article in Asia Times on the developments….