Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal Take A Dig At Modi For India’s NSG Failure. Twitterati Mocks Them.

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1:01 pm 25 Jun, 2016


Yes, it is true that India could not get that coveted NSG entry at the Seoul plenary which concluded on June 24.

China effectively thwarted India’s bid. It was supported by some other countries who had strong NPT concerns.

To New Delhi’s shock, Switzerland did not support India despite its President Johann Schneider-Ammann promising Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “complete support” during the latter’s visit to the Alpine nation early in June.

But that is normal in international diplomacy.

Now read these two tweets. Carefully.

 


The tweets prove two things: One, both leaders appear to be far removed in their understanding of foreign policy, and, two, they highlight that India’s politicians (not just them) keep their political interests before the nation’s.

 


It didn’t take long for Twitterati to remind the leaders why they are wrong in criticising the PM’s efforts.

Some of them reminded Rahul Gandhi that it was Jawaharlal Nehru’s myopic foreign policy that cost India the most important seat of all – a permanent member of the UN

 


 


Modi’s opponents also claim that former PM Manmohan Singh had managed to obtain a crucial NSG exemption in 2008 while Modi failed in gaining an entry into the same club.

 

The truth is that then US President George W. Bush had personally dialled his then Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao seeking the exemption for India.

China was as opposed to granting exemption to India as it is now but agreed because the US and Chinese foreign policies were almost aligned at the time and both countries shared close economic ties.

In the last eight years, the US foreign policy changed under Obama’s reign while the Chinese became more assertive in its quest for global dominance – the current situation in South China Sea is an example.

Simply put, the situation now is that US cannot make China do what it wants like it could in 2008.

 

 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Also, India has only recently started treading on a no-nonsense foreign policy which has riled up both Islamabad and Beijing.

India’s aggressive policy includes making diplomatic ties with Afghanistan and Iran as well as building stronger strategic ties with South East Asian nations.

While Pakistan is not happy about India’s friendship with Kabul and Tehran, Beijing is irritated with India’s moves in its backyard.

 

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Minister of National Defence of Vietnam, General Phung Quang Thanh signing a joint vision statement on Defence Cooperation in Progress, in New Delhi on May 26, 2015. India Strategic

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Minister of National Defence of Vietnam, General Phung Quang Thanh signing a joint vision statement on Defence Cooperation in Progress, in New Delhi on May 26, 2015. India Strategic

Despite the setback, one should note that many are praising Indian government’s efforts in trying its best in securing a seat at NSG.

 

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