Sunday, April 18, 2010

Indian Foreign Policy - The Grand Slumber....

It took us 4 years and a 26/11 to realise that Mr. Shivraj Patil was napping in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Now the Ministry of External Affairs seems to be in a grander slumber.

India's foreign policy seems to be spiralling out of control.

It is not disputed that India does not have a great neighbourhood - we have the likes of China and Pakistan to contend with. We have not been able to send a muscular message across to them not to mess around.

Relations with America are in a state of grand disarray. Does anyone in the ministry know where Obama stands on the operationalisation of the nuclear deal or on firming up a military and strategic alliance?

Instead we find Obama sewing up a rat-tag alliance with Pakistan and perhaps, the Taliban.

And to top it all, Hillary Clinton vents out her ire on India possessing nuclear capabilities.

Where was Mr. S.M. Krishna when all this was happening?

The ministry has also been lacking in sending a strong signal to Australia where Indians have been at the receiving end for quite some time now. Why couldn't he summon the Australian High Commissioner and lodge a strong protest. That could have been the least he could have done.

And then he should have coached the rookie, Shashi Tharoor, as his deputy. Undoubtedly, Mr. Tharoor's years of experience at the United Nations could have come in handy for us, as a growing superpower. But he chose the other way.....

To me, S.M. Krishna is as ineffective as Shivraj Patil was and it's high time he be rehabilitated elsewhere, for he's been a family loyalist for long.

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