Tuesday, June 28, 2005

India-US tango becomes more intimate

WHEN Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs in the US State Department, visited India last week, Indians had the barely suppressed excitement of a suitor waiting for an "I do" from a comely bride. This was because Burns discussed the US approach to India’s candidacy for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. India’s ambitions took a step closer to reality after the US let it be known that it wants only two more new permanent members besides, of course, Japan, and wants to freeze the membership when it comes to the likes of Germany. India thinks, for valid reasons, that it fits the bill for having "a flourishing democracy" as described by none other than President George W. Bush, and has been involved with the UN right from the beginning, particularly two score peacekeeping operations across the world. What has really mattered — and most Indians, barring the leftist ideologues and those still living in the Cold War era, accept this — is that the US has come to recognise India as a regional power. Not only that, the US has come to depend upon its solidarity and support on a number of issues. This is, of course, because American national interests coincide with India’s on many counts.

7 Comments:

At June 28, 2005 2:40 PM, Blogger Meme chose said...

As soon as the leftists catch on to India's status as an likely ally of the US they will begin the search for ways to vilify it. It then won't take them more than five minutes to identify the caste system (which they never noticed or cared about while vacationing there) as a form of 'racism'. Look then for the flood of bleeding-heart articles in the NYT, etc., etc.

This process has all the predictability of a wind-up toy.

 
At June 28, 2005 4:17 PM, Blogger John B said...

India's seat on the Security Council is long overdue in my opinion. Perhaps someone can help me, but I remember reading an article recently about France opposing this - at least partly to do with India having chosen Boeing over Airbus in a large transaction. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?

 
At June 28, 2005 4:25 PM, Blogger Evan said...

John b, your memory is basically correct. Go to the link below to get an account, albeit anonymously sourced, from an Indian site:


http://srirangan.net/india-defence/node/234
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At June 28, 2005 5:37 PM, Blogger the adventuress said...

India has already long been vilified by the Burka Broadcasting Company, since the majority of Hindus are not exactly in love with the BBC's beloved ideology, Islam. This will only get worse.

Hindus in the UK launched a boycott of the Beeb a few years ago, as I recall, to protest its one-sided coverage of the Kashmir issue.

 
At June 28, 2005 6:37 PM, Blogger John B said...

Evan:

Thanks. I like this quote from the article:

"“Despite French insistence that the US was an unreliable ally,” said a diplomat, “India preferred the US somewhat blindly, and if the Americans are unreliable with us, they are going to be very unreliable with you. Those Boeings are not going to come in time for Air India to take commercial advantage, and it would be foolhardy to choose the F-16 over the Mirage.”

French insistance that the U.S. is an unreliable ally - that's rich coming from France. In one way they are reliable I suppose, you can always depend upon them to surrender when things get tough.

 
At June 29, 2005 7:30 AM, Blogger ik said...

The problem is that there are large sections of the American establishment which are in (love with?/scared of?/completely clueless?) Islam. - do not know which of the three.

1. Which country is the strongest lobbyist for Turkey joining the EU?
2. Which country is putting a lot of resources and effort in pulling the 5 Central Asian Republics away from the Russian orbit into the waiting hands of the Wahabbi Islamists?
3. Which country setup a full fledged Jihadi/Mafia state (Kosovo) in the heart of Europe.

Okay number 3 happened before 9/11 - but 1 and 2 are still going on after 9/11.

There is a large section of religious fundamentalists/evangelicals in the Republican party who absolutely detest Hinduism - amazingly even after 9/11 there are people in the US who believe that a religion where people worship more than one God is worse than a religion openly planning world conquest. (forgetting the fact that the Greeks and Romans also had multiple Gods)

The Democratic party has a large Islam loving wing which also detests India because it stands in the path of their beloved Islam. (Ask the Serbs).

The US State Department - which usually crafts their foreign policy has always been pro-Islam. There is at least a 200-300 year history of the "Western" Establishment continuously siding with Islam against the Hindus.

On the Indian side also we have our Communists and Islamists who have always been anti-American.

These issues are not going to go away soon.

The _ONLY_ hope is that Indian and American businesses get intertwined with each other and push out all the other elements which are standing in the way. That would be best for everyone involved.

Hopefully this time it is for real - would need to see much more proof before I believe this is true.

 
At June 29, 2005 6:15 PM, Blogger the adventuress said...

Jk,

I agree with you for the most part. Indian Hindus are no threat to the West. The stuff about Hindus having multi-gods is a stupid belief of some Americans -- we get along okay with the Japanese and they are for the most part Buddhist.

I hope the pro-Islam political elements in the US wake up before it is too late.

 

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