Its a pathetic state of affairs when a foreign gora power, with good intentions has to come and tell you that they are going to make you into a great power, and eggs you on as a rival to China, numero uno industrial and economic power in the world. (650 million steel production; 4500 billion kWt electricity generation capacity...$15 trillion PPP economy)
Then they tell you it will take years and years and years of delicate negotiations before India can be considered for a permanent Security Council seat, even though INDIA richly deserves it as a nuclear armed power, and fourth most conventional power on earth after the USA, China and Russia.........with the 4th largest economy on earth measured by PPP ($4 trillion), and the largest functioning Democracy since 1948.
The USA gave the Chinese their permanent Security Council Seat in the late 1960's, at the height of the Cultural Revolution, the Vietnam War......and without the presence of any diplomatic representations of the USA in Beijing.
The UN is run by the USA out of Noo Yawk, and if the USA so chooses India could have have a permanent Security Council Seat tomorrow............And as should Japan.
India's foreign policy is muddled and confused.....without any strategic vision. Whether one is liked or disliked by Jews is an entirely different matter. The neurosis, paranoia, particular tastes and Quija board philosophy based on what was aired on the Jew-vision is beyond our own control.......this is what they choose.
My advice to India is drop all pretensions of being a great power contra Hilary Clinton, and develop at your own speed just like the bullock cart on the muddy dirt road. Then pull all the immediate neighbors in the South Asian back yard with you within SAARC.
Simple, nothing dangerous grandiose or fancy.
Ebenezer Scrooge LAME-DUCK
While India wakes up to the geopolitics of the South China Sea, there is concern about Delhi losing ground again to Beijing in the Himalayas.
(The disputes of the South CHINA sea has nothing to do with India......India shouldn't be dragged into it. Though I am well aware that certain Jews have through their local contacts in India AND Iran persuaded them both to pour scarce defense resources into expanded blue water navies..........Iran sent warships into the Red Sea, and then the Mediterranean recently to remind Israelis that Iran really is a threat to the country.....and is now planning to send a "fleet" into the Atlantic!!!!??? presumably to frighten Admiral Mullen and the JEWSA?)
There is some heartburn within Delhi’s strategic community at the thought of China turning Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal, into a pilgrimage centre with world-class facilities like the Vatican and Mecca.
Making Lumbini more accessible, turning its environs attractive, and leveraging it for Nepal’s rapid economic development are big ideas that have been around for a long while.
Their time may now have come, given the rise of China and Beijing’s capacity to think big and execute mega projects on short order.
(Whilst India presumably focuses on a Harijan Coolie Kuta outlook of petty meanness)
But it certainly rankles that Delhi could not think expansively about the possibilities in Lumbini, which is not very far from India’s border with Nepal.
But grand ideas have long ceased to win political traction in Delhi.
It is not the Indian political class that came up with the idea of building a modern university on the ruins of the world’s oldest university in Nalanda. That idea came from Singapore in 2005.
(I believe China announced this year? that it will invest $1 billion into the Nalanda University project in Bihar state India....at one time a world famous university that attracted students from China, South East Asia, Korea and Central Asia)
There is no point blaming Beijing for taking up projects that India has not shown interest in.
India’s lack of strategic imagination and Delhi’s neglect of its frontiers are reflected in the pathetic state of the nation’s infrastructure on the border with Nepal.
The Indian state stands exposed at one of main international gateways to Lumbini — in the Utter Pradesh towns of Nautanwah and Sunauli. If Nepal’s Bhairawah town near Lumbini has a third-world feel, the Indian side of the border is a hellhole from the fourth world.
Instead of objecting to Chinese plans to develop Lumbini, India should focus on the development of its own territories facing Lumbini and more broadly, Nepal.
Could someone persuade Delhi to mobilise, say, $3 billion, the amount a Chinese foundation wants to get for the Lumbini project, on the transformation of the Indian border districts — so rich with history and heritage?
May be someone can tell Rahul Gandhi, so determined to win the impending elections in Uttar Pradesh, that mega projects that touch India’s spiritual sensibility and create jobs might be political winners.
Could someone convince the Congress leadership that a bold agenda for borderland development could get votes as well improve national security?
(actually its not just about the border areas of India........as argued on this blog India needs to massively jack up its aid program to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh AND PAKISTAN on a permanent yearly basis, thats what great powers do........continued negotiations with Pakistan is useless....BUT credit loans for Industrial and infrastructure projects in PAKISTAN, which can't be swindled or misused by Zardari Bhen is a significant counter-balance to the massive overt/covert military aid the JEWSA gives to the Pakistan military which makes that institution the most powerful institution in the country and the final arbitrator of all Security and Foreign Policy issues in Pakistan. The same principles apply with all other South Asian countries.
India has been talking to Pakistan for 63 years, but isn't it time to take it to another level, especially since Pakistan Failed State number 12 is now feeling vulnerable? LOGICALLY? That means giving Pakistan annually $1 billion worth of credit loans for industry and infrastructure via the CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT which acts as a counter-balance to the huge amounts of MILITARY aid given by the JEWSA to that hapless country which ultimately destabilizes and subverts that country. In addition a FTA would be useful which builds on the MFN status Pakistan has given INDIA.
India must SIGNIFICANTLY spend MONEY in South Asia, in her neighborhood.)
The writer is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi