India’s foreign relationship policies

by | Feb 5, 2021 | History, Political case studies

I won’t call Nehru an evil man. He was just a satisfactorily wise diplomat who
was right on some occasions and grossly wrong on others.

India's foreign relationship policies

India was under tremendous pressure to ally up with either America or
Russia at time of cold war post independence. Due to our geographical
location, both superpowers were lusting on us.

Fortunately, Nehru saved us by choosing to stay neutral.

It annoyed American diplomats. They asked “ARE YOU WITH US, OR
AGAINST US?”
Nehru answered “YES”

It meant that if US were doing the right thing, India would support them.
Else, no.
Nehru preferred ‘righteousness’ above ‘neutrality’ – a policy that everyone
should follow.

Annoyed Americans offered India a ‘bait’ by offering them seat at United
Nations.

Nehru handed it over to China and smirked at his wisdom. (Of course India
cries at this decision 70 years later though)

This rejection of UN seat is somewhat comparable to a young, beautiful
maiden being offered with cash from a rowdy and she gifting it to a beggar.

Overall, India etched its image as a country with moral high ground and
patience. Such things were unimaginable in 1950s

India was among the poorest nations of World in 1947. Nehru set it on right
path of 6% GDP growth per year.

He set social hierarchy such that bureaucrats were the most valuable, instead
of businessman. It worked fine back then
But the long term consequence is rampant corruption

Many people believe that Nehru should have choosed to ally up with US and
west as it was as it was the path to progress.

Maybe. But it would have been awkward to ally up with western countries
who looted us for so long. That could have been labelled as ‘anti national’.

Indian economy is not a force to be reckoned with.

Even at the time of 2008 stock MARKET COLLAPSE, India remained the 2ND
FASTEST GROWING economy. Why?
Because India has the diversest kind of talented and intellectual people.

Today, INDIA IS THE FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY OF WORLD

America is having a huge, huge loan of 20 trillion dollars.. if America is a rich
country, then Vijay Mallya is my role model.
.
Read this to understand the real charitr of America

“I have become a queer mixture of east and west… I am a stranger and alien
to west. I cannot be of it. But in my own country also, I get exile’s feeling”

– Nehru (basically a confused young man trying to figure out the true nature
of his identity)

Story of Suez Canal – an international property that became servant of
capitalist countries.

Pre Cold war – US and UK promise Egypt with financial help to construct
Aswan dam

In 1950’s , Egypt started supporting poor communist countries and portions
of Soviet Union

US and UK refused to help Egypt with Aswan Dam

1955 – Egypt’s leader Nasser decided to take revenge. He takes steps to
reduce monopoly of the British and French over Suez Canal i.e. a chief
transportation route for petrol

Whole Europe gets scared. ‘What would happen if Egypt decides to ban oil
transport to Europe?’

The world witnesses a 3 year period of ‘Suez crisis’ – a war bred out of
capitalist ego and greed

1956- Israel is summoned to initiate war

10 brigades of Israel are sent to crush Egypt

November 1956 – Israel evacuates Egypt

1957 – England and France capture the canal

ONE MAN, REPRESENTATING A SMALL NATION, STANDS UP TO RAISE HIS
VOICE AGAINST THE EVIL AT U.N.O.
…..

The man was Nehru.
The country was India.

Nehru asked u.n.o. TO DECLARE ENGLAND AS A TERRORIST NATION.

Whole world stood in shock.

Indian public – a species brutally oppressed by the British for 200+ years
took a breath of self respect.

However the question being – would anybody even listen to India ? Was
there any chance of resolution getting actually passed ?

Yes, the possibility was there, albiet a good one.

All India had to do, was to become ally of Russia in Cold war.
Then Russia would have got it done.

And of course, Nehru exhibiting his characteristic neutrality, did not do it.

The chance slipped out of hand.

Nehru’s life is a pile of ironies.
Some people wanted to declare India’s independence on morning of 14
August itself. But Nehru’s pandits said that Shani and Rahu were bad at
that time.
(& there were some other factors too)

India's foreign relationship policies

India's foreign relationship policies

Another factor was that Israel tried to assassinate Nehru when he raised
voice against England.

It was not a breaking news though.
Total 7 assassination attempts were made on Nehru in his lifetime.