Why is India going so wobbly in the legs when it comes to Iran? Such timid behaviour doesn’t behove an emerging power. Say something, please. Why can’t MEA direct either its spokesman in Delhi – or, at the very least, through its competent reps in the UN in New York – to sit up straight with a ramrod back and say, ‘No, we don’t accept these latest American sanctions.” Just 8 little words would do – actually, 4 less than a dozen.
They said those words in the chancellery in Moscow and in Beijing without hesitation. There can be no two opinions that the recent IAEA (which is a UN body) report to rake up the Iran nuclear issue has no real basis. Read the fascinating interview by Hans Blix on the subject. Now, Blix is an international authroity on the subject. Clearly, the US move to rustle up the IAEA report is rooted in geopolitics.
The developments in the Middle East increasingly fall into a pattern at a time when the locus of the world economic processes is inexorably shifting to the Asia-Pacific region, which comprises powerful centres of growth such as Russia, China and India.
The robust attempts by the West to reestablish its hegemony in the oil-rich Middle East in newer forms, which are evident in the reckless, provocative actions over Syria and Iran constitute the West’s pre-emptive response to the rise of Asia. The US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had a Freudian slip when he recently clubbed India and China together as a “emerging threats” to the US’s global dominance.
In sum, India should know where it belongs. Delhi cannot be passive bystander vis-a-vis these developments. India should at least make its voice heard, even if Washington disregards it. India’s influence in the UN is at an unprecedented level under the present dispensation and it seems it is today far more influential as a UN member country than even rising China, ie., if latest reports are any reliable indication. All the more reason why India should become the ‘voice of Asia’ on the Iran sanctions issue.
Posted in Diplomacy.
– November 23, 2011