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Stable India in Shaky South Asia a relief for US. This is one of the headlines finding prominent space in a section of the media. There is no doubt that the result of the general election has come as a relief to the millions in the country and the Indians living abroad. However at the time when the country is yet to see the formation of the new government in its place, a section in the media is busy circulating the notion that the result has also brought cheers world over specially the United States. The basis of these reports ironically is the customary congratulatory messages that usually world leaders exchange after every election or regime change in a country. It is to be kept in mind that the response of the world leaders would have been the same had the results of the general election in India been the opposite of what we are seeing today.


Hence reading too much in such congratulatory messages is like living in a fool’s paradise. It’s more ironic when it comes from senior journalists associated with reputed newspapers. It’s been becoming customary for a section in the media to come out with such kind of reports after every event in our country perhaps to please their masters abroad instead of analyzing with a deeper look vis-à-vis the world events.


President Obama no doubt is a pleasant change in United States. But what kind of change he would be able to bring to his foreign policy is yet to be seen. In fact some analysts, looking at few initiatives taken by Obama during past hundred days in the office, fear that he would be towing the same line as his predecessors. If their apprehensions are true, it asks we Indians for utmost caution. For the US foreign policy is marred with instances wherein it played instrumental roles in destabilising the sovereign countries and the rulers who refused to fall in line.


That the ongoing violence in the Middle East and instability threatening Pakistan and daily bloodshed in Afghanistan and Iraq are the recent examples of the dangerous US foreign policy is not a secret anymore. It is also known to the world that the day Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1991, former US Defence Secretary Ronald Rumsfeld was reportedly present in Iraq and it was only after assurances from him that Saddam gave marching order to his military. This has now been established for certain that the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein in 1991 was part of the larger US game-plan to destabilize the whole region. If the move was to safeguard Israel’s interests or was to control over the Middle East oil fields, is still debated. However one thing is certain. If the innocent lives are at stake in the Middle East, the US foreign policy has played a key role into this.


As for South Asia, there are reports and analysis ample in numbers to establish how US used Osama bin Laden and Taliban first to destabilize and then disintegrate former USSR. And now reportedly it is using to the same forces to subvert not only Pakistan but whole of the region. The admission by none other than US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that they are paying the price for their own misdoings in Afghanistan and Pakistan has only vindicated the notion.


Those who always eye for the proximity with United States should not forget what fate the kinds of Saddams and Zia-ul-Haques, and also Osamas, once regarded as the trusted US allies and lieutenants, have met with. Against this backdrop, doesn’t the Indian Foreign policy need a thorough assessment?


President Obama no doubt is signaling new, pleasant and more accommodating amendments in his policies. If they survive till they are implemented is yet to be seen. For it is widely believed that in US, the presidents change not their foreign policies. However like the world we too are optimistic. For sooner the United States changes its foreign policy better is for the world. Till then we have to be cautious.  This is also needed because India as an emerging world leader owes it to the South Asian countries to play a pivotal role for building a peaceful and strong South Asia. India has always led the world. Suggesting it to become a toady hanger-on of US may serve the purpose for a section in the country. But in the longer run, it is dangerous not only for the country but also for whole of the South Asia.


Interestingly till yesterday everyone of us, including the Congress and UPA, was worried of the post poll scenario that dreadfully suggested a fractured mandate. The Indian voters cleverly kept their cards close to their chests. It was only after the results that we came to know what a pleasant surprise they had in store for all of us. By giving a verdict for a stable India clearly suggests that the Indian voters have now grown matured. Can one expect the same from our responsible journalists?




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