The latest WikiLeaks disclosure that appeared in Hindu newspaper today with Hasan Suroor’s byline regarding Indian diplomacy makes one shrivel with embarrassment. An incumbent joint secretary heading the America division in South Block telephoned the American embassy counsellor in Chanakyapuri to underscore that India had placed itself as a doormat during a UN voting on Guantanamo Bay and some measure of reciprocal US gratitude was in order. He highlighted the uniqueness and deliberateness of the Indian decision by pointing out that India stood by the western powers although all its south asian neighbours - including little mountainous hopelessly dependent Bhutan - chose to abstain. The joint secretary proudly said he was making sure Americans took note of the Indian servility to identify with the US.
The cable exposes the extent of the toadyism that crept into Indian diplomacy
vis-a-vis the US in the years since the UPA rule began in 2004. What a time that period (2005-2008) in particular turned out to be when the nuclear deal took immaculate conception - we dumped the Palestinian issue; atrophied ties with Russia; rubbished our ties with Iran; tiptoed into the quixotic idea of quadrilateral alliance
with US; and, now it seems, we threw overboard the last residues of decency and humaneness within us toward human suffering! In short, we really did ‘earn’ the hard way our credentials to become the US’ ’strategic partner’. Don’t these guys who served the enlightened national interests - all of them - at the very least deserve a Padma Sri
Substantively, it was a shameful issue on which India should have chosen to prove its credentials as the US’ junior partner. It was over GUANTANAMO BAY. It was about the crimes Americans perpetrated on the internees in that prison, which even Barack Obama later admitted to be a blight on the US’ standing internationally. And those crimes happened to be in blatant violation of international law. The tragedy is that the Indian vote also turned out to be the ultimate clincher in the UN - without it, the UN would have censured Washington. Boy, our joint secretary was right in taking pride, wasn’t he? India rescued the reputation of the sole superpower in the world order. Wasn’t that something to remember and to be reminded about?
A sad thing is that the protagonists who figure in the Wikileaks cable are all still ‘operational’ somewhere or other on this planet and are still capable of finessing the saga of US-India strategic partnership. What is the guarantee that their mindset has since changed about all those dead souls interned in Guantanamo Bay - that they have since become capable of holding an ounce of milk of human kindness? India is not meant to be like this - a bleached, pitiless land…
Posted in Diplomacy, Politics.
– March 25, 2011