|South Asia's Stability
vs. U.S. Hegemony: What India Can Do
December 02, 2008
|India must continue to 1) talk with
Pakistan, 2) initiate confidence-building measures with Pakistan and 3)
increase people-to-people exchanges between our two countries.
This is not because our hearts bleed FOR Pakistan, (our anger and
frustration against the U.S. trained and funded ISI are justified), but
because this three-point defensive strategy would be strategically the most
effective policy to further India's stability and prosperity in the region
At the same time India must increase its vigilance and security a
thousandfold. A "If You See Something Say Something" defensive safety
strategy that directly involves We The People. This is the most urgent
priority. The People are the eyes and ears of a country in its fight
against terror attacks. Example Who caught Kasab? Mumbaikars. The People.
Top security at home and vigorous confidence-building across the border must
go hand in hand.
Let the India Govt. DECOUPLE the recent terror act from its resolute policy
to defuse tensions between India and Pakistan.
Q. Which is the country that continues to destabilize South Asia? The USA.
The US will continue to exploit its 'special" relationship Pakistan.
Pakistan, being vulnerable to terror within its own borders (masterminded by
the Soviet-era, US-trained ISI and Taliban) and now, because Pakistan is
bankrupt as well,
a weakened Pakistan will play to the spin of the U.S. The Pakistan
Government has fewer options and is controlled by the ISI.
The flagrant U.S. abuse of democracy during the Bush-Cheney regime is hard
evidence that the U.S. is neither an exponent,
proponent nor emissary of democracy and cannot be trusted or collaborated
with by the world's largest democracy.
It is up to India to continue to deploy, display and demonstrate her
superior foreign policy expertise, and thereby outmaneuver the neo-imperial
US in our own geopolitical region.
This expertise has been honed by long and ethically consistent post-colonial
Global South experience dating back to the Non Aligned Movement (NAM, an
historic coalition of revolutionary liberatory, post-colonial nation-states
of Asia and Africa, which was
disparaged by Condoleezza Rice last year in New Delhi).
That's the way to go.
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