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.
PM Modi has completely failed on foreign policy front. He owes explanation on what did he do on his foreign jaunts? https://t.co/rNHlzWS02Q
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 24, 2016
NSG: How to lose a negotiation by Narendra Modi #FailedModiDiplomacy
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) 24 June 2016
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.
Those dissing govt becoz india not part of nsg : this is the reason we not respected : letting politics come in way of standing by nation
— pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) 25 June 2016
Instead of condemning China-Pak bloody-mindedness over India’s #NSG bid, opposition & MSM will gloat over Modi’s “failure” to pin down Xi
— Minhaz Merchant (@minhazmerchant) 24 June 2016
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
— Prof Rakesh Sinha (@RakeshSinha01) June 24, 2016
— Anjula (@Anjala1973) June 24, 2016
“Completely failed”? @ArvindKejriwal You must employ more sensible people to tweet for you.
— Kishore Asthana (@KishoreAsthana) June 24, 2016
@OfficeOfRG shut up. Ur great grand father is responsible for all ills we face.
— VB Singh (@vbsingh60) 24 June 2016
— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) 24 June 2016
— Nehr-who? (@threeinchfooll) June 24, 2016
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.
Even in 2008 China had not publicly opposed India’s entry into NSG. Modi ji will go down in history as the worst Indian Prime Minister ever
— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) 24 June 2016
1. Compare the current NSG membership fracas under Modi ji to how UPA achieved the NSG exemption in 2008. The difference is stark.
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) 24 June 2016
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.
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.
Despite the setback, one should note that many are praising Indian government’s efforts in trying its best in securing a seat at NSG.
If China is B-minded India shud recalibrate strategy. But not trying hard was not an option. #NSG. Efforts haven’t succeeded since 2011
— GAURAV C SAWANT (@gauravcsawant) 25 June 2016
NSG-entry fiasco: NSG will invite a nation to join when the costs of keeping it out are clear — e.g., if India starts making nuclear exports
— Brahma Chellaney (@Chellaney) 24 June 2016
India’s #NSG fight is the good fight. It’s rightful & important. The nuclear world is less governed without India in the NSG. (1/2)
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) 24 June 2016
Well fought India. Its clear who are our real friends & Back stabbers identified. Will there be consequences? Or business as usual ? #NSG
— GAURAV C SAWANT (@gauravcsawant) 24 June 2016