INDIA Without close friends

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  1. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    WITHOUT CLOSE FRIENDS

    Malvika Singh

    The candidate that the Indian government supported within minutes of the coup that took place in the Maldives came at the tail end of the election result that was declared on Saturday. His impact on the polls was zero. The former president, Mohamed Nasheed, led with a huge margin, only to prove how wrong India was in supporting a move that was misguided, erroneous, anti-democratic and illegal, something that should never have been approved. Will India learn its lessons from this and other mis-steps that have been initiated as a result of its peculiar attitude towards other nations in its neighbourhood? We have managed to alienate the Saarc countries, thereby antagonizing the nations that could have been India’s steadfast partners.

    India’s foreign policy requires serious restructuring. India must reassert its position, ethics and democratic moorings if it is to make a substantive impact on its neighbours and on the world. We seem to have lost our intellectual creativity and appear hopelessly confused, unable to think and act for ourselves. In a ‘globalized’ order, India plays ‘follow the leader’. I often wonder why we chose the big, bad ‘leader’ we did. We have, in recent years, alienated all our traditional friends, instead of ensuring that our new friend befriends and tries to understand what inspires and motivates ancient civilizations that have been destroyed by the engines of growth in the ‘new world’.

    Second fiddle

    If the United States of America is desperate to assault Syria, it should first consider attacking the nation that allegedly exported the nerve gas to Syria. Had Britain not sold the nerve gas to Syria, as is being alleged, this development may not have taken place. The cowboy mentality that continues to overwhelm the political and administrative classes in the US is unacceptable in a globalized world where partnerships and dialogue should be dominating the narrative. The strong-arm tactic, followed by drone attacks, carpet bombing and heaven knows what else, can only have a negative consequence. It seems that the US is seeking reasons for retaliation, a step that will make this planet even more dangerous than it already is. Political arbitration is the only way forward under the given circumstances.

    India, with its unusual DNA, could have played the role of an international arbiter if it was being led by a fine and committed leadership that could think out of the box. Instead, it took ‘sides’ and decided to sit on the fence even though a strong intervention on its part was the need of the hour. For this reason, India is not taken seriously as an equal partner by any nation. We are being used by a declining superpower that wants to gain access to our volatile but potentially lucrative neighbourhood. Colonization is at its very worst in the new millennium.

    Lost legacy

    We have forgotten our extraordinary legacy and strengths and relegated them to the back-burner, even as we go about cloning and absorbing the worst elements of an alien culture, instead of accepting the best that the Western world has to offer.

    The British gave us a language but they also added indigenous words to their expressions. They re-fashioned their bed tea to chhota hazari. Our khichri became their ‘kedcheree’! We followed their ‘fashion’, their life patterns and more, till Gandhiji rekindled our pride in what was our own. Today, once again, we blindly eat hotdogs and hamburgers, wear frocks and pants, look and behave like caricatures of an alien culture. We need a messiah to restore our identity and reinvent our persona by spelling out a blueprint for a civilized, intelligent and proactive democratic state.

    Without close friends

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    With an acne like Khurshed, who is a clueless muddle and mutton headed rudderless politician, what better can be expected of our foreign policy.

    Every foreign policy is a misadventure or a cover-up.

    We have been reduced to be the laughing stock of Asia and redundant to the Asian geostrategic and geopolitical scene!

    China dictates to us, Pakistan mocks us with repeated provocation and our good Doctor still harbours shamelessly his ardent desire that he will chat with Sharif, Maldives has made us look the fool we are, Sri Lanka with impunity shoots or captures our fisherfolks, Myanmar encroaches our territory and we still think we are on the way to be a superpower!

    What a hypocritical dream!
     
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  3. Daredevil

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    The current UPA government has made India a laughing stock on various fronts including foreign policy. They are alienating all friendly countries but making peace overtures towards Pakistan & China which are enemy countries. I have not seen such a foreign policy disaster in many years.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The Foreign Policy is so foreign and alien, one wonders if it is being formulated by Indians or by India's adversaries.

    It is so rudderless and disgracefully impotent!

    Everywhere, we are left licking our wounds.

    And the good Doctor and his odd fish Foreign Minister, are still dreaming that China and Pakistan can be 'bought' over by surrendering India to their whims and fancies and be at their beck and call!
     
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    and I never forgive UPA govt. for how it has made moves to loose the friendship of Srilanka .... which now looking at Pak and china which are lending their helping hand to them ...
     
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    Sri Lanka was never India's friend. It is and will always be an oppurtunistic "ally" which will always criticize India behind our backs. Also China in investing many countries.It is reality and we have to face the fact that thier economic might and influence is more than ours.
    As for Pakistan ..ROLF. is pakistan in ANY STATE to help even their own country?? its a parasitic nation bent on living with scraps thrown by internation donors or blackmailing the world with nuclear weapons. Pakistan helping anybody is the biggest joke of the world. Heck even the bangladeshi currency -taka is more valuable than the pakistani currency.
     
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    u failed to mention,pakistan does not include baluchistan.KPK,or karachi,sindh, you are talking about the racist punjabi elite.
     
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    I didn't see any other gov getting India more friends. It is really not this UPA gov's fault, with an empty pocket, how much you expect them to do. Making friends in the world needs money, creating a realy "alliance" also requires money. In the past, India can count on USSR's support in its competition with US in sub-continent, now since USA is in declining and China is still struggling in her neighbour seas, no one wants to see an indian ocean dmoinated by India. So, India has been in this disaster for many years since USSR was gone.
     
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    India has a penchant for a "neither-here-nor-there foreign policy." It wants to be a friend but does not want to act like a friend. Its very high regard of itself is not matched by actual capabilities. It wants to be treated like a superpower but it is not really one.
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Just note that China's economic might is literally on borrowed time. Debt levels on this scale are unsustainable Greek style problems Why even mention Pak, just another failed state.
     
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    India has debet about 90% of its GDP, and with a trade deficit about 10% its GDP.
    PS. There are only 2 years that India had trade surplus (since 1947)....
     
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    In international politics it doesn't work in terms of "friends". It works in terms of "supporters" and "allies". And to have allies, one has to have power and willingness to use that power in the interest of oneself and one's allies. The moronic Nehruvian "non alignment" policy is like staying at home when others are getting out, making deals with one another. That policy wasn't a policy of a powerful independent state, but it was a policy of an obedient British vassal.
     
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    unless we wake up from our slumber we will never be recognized . we need power projection capabilities . these capabilities at a speed, rate and distance that defeats any adversary’s ability to conduct effective operations against us despite his use of mobility and deception to neutralize our efforts.The ability to strike is negated without the ability to defend ourselves against attack.we need to implement policy in our subcontinent region by means of Friendship or force, or the threat thereof, in an area distant from its own territory. This ability is a crucial element of a state's power in international relations .it is likely that economic strength, rather than military prowess, will be the real measure of state power. In an increasingly integrated world, the use of military force will not necessarily secure economic gain and could easily undermine it. However, this is not to suggest that military force will not have any utility in coming years..
     
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    if a new govt is elected in the upcoming elections, is there any hope that the foreign policies of India will change ?
     
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    Unless your coming govt can find a huge gold mine, there is nothing new they can do.
    Any country's foreign policy is decided by its hard power economically and militarily:

    Do you want your neighbours to cancel their deal with Chinese? Compensate their loss and pay even more!
    Do you want your companies increase their share in the world oil market? Pay higher price than Chinese!
    Do you want to stand a hardline on your border problem? Buy your amy and air forces more latest weapons than your neighbours do.
     
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    as per the reports the armed forces are definitely upgrading their weapons and technology
     
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    Your forces are not powerful enough to defend anyone but yourself.

    If you want to have some "friends", you must have something to offer: money, safe gurantee or stable resouces supplies. So you have to check what your country is able to do instead blaming the goveronment with an empty pocket!
     
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    you maybe correct, but a few months earlier there were articles and reports in the newspapers that India made some serious lapses in it's foreign policies regarding it's neighbors, while concentrating on strengthening the relations with other nations....you might not have forgotten the Maldives airport issue, problems with Lanka, etc...........
     
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    Of course man.

    Under BJP, our ties with Israel and a decisive Putin's Russia will soar to new heights.

    Though Obama belongs to the MMS-type political party, we can expect a more appreciative stance from US with regards to a more decisive and aggressive BJP who can take tough decisions regarding infrastructure, FDI and other spheres of cooperation.

    One thing is for sure: we will definitely come out of the shitstorm that this cunt-grass part has created.
     
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