Is India goofing up on Israel?
June 9, 2010 Leave a comment
Common sense and pragmatism point to an enhanced strategic partnership that India must strive to develop with Israel. Though I am not entirely aware of the current state of affairs and the benefits that will be accrued to New Delhi, and the world as a whole, through such a partnership, going by the protests against Israel among the self-righteous elite in India and elsewhere (who in their delusional megalomania have arrogated to themselves the task of guarding what they term “human rights”), as also from those with a certified record of sponsoring terrorism, it is very possible that Israel is as much, if not more of, a victim of such propagandists as the aggressor that they have made it out to be. India, a victim of Nehru’s and the Congress’ appeasement policy, espoused (at least, publicly) an anti-Israel stand for 4 decades, and it wasn’t until 1992 that diplomatic ties were established between India and Israel.
Here is a paper by Dr. Subhash Kapila (August 2000), titled “India-Israel Relations: The Imperatives for Enhanced Strategic Cooperation”: http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/%5Cpapers2%5Cpaper131.html.
Here is a news article (2008) on Indo-Israel ties: http://jta.org/news/article/2008/02/25/107188/indiaisrael.
Some news articles on the current Middle East controversy, and the official stand taken by India: http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article451060.ece, http://beta.thehindu.com/news/article443081.ece .
The CPI(M) has been trenchant in its criticism of Israel. Given the “nationalistic” history of the Left parties (or should we call a spade a spade, and dispensing with hard-to-find euphemisms, term them anti-nationalists with a singularly enviable track record attesting to such unenviable credentials) this is probably all the more reason why India should befriend Israel. 🙂
An article on Indo-Israeli relations (2003): http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/07/world/the-bond-between-india-and-israel-grows.html?scp=26&sq=india+israel&st=nyt
A news item on Israel’s help to India during the Kargil war: http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/sep/08sharon2.htm.
A survey (2009) shows the sympathy/admiration of the general Indian populace for Israel: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3696887,00.html.