Aligning the Indian Elephant

Such a broad range of news stories are available just now that picking one to feature here grows increasingly difficult. I often try, not always with great success, to choose something that on the face of it may not be ‘big’ in terms of immediate impact but have potential for development in to something more. I could of course simply follow my preferred path of knocking down the failing US empire – they make it very easy themselves to do just that – but the subject then becomes tedious, necessitating a need to look elsewhere. The problem is that the US still remains somehow involved in pretty much everything that evolves in our increasingly complex world, although never so centrally these days, as in times past. Have you not noticed that gradual drift, or push, to guide that nation’s influence to the outer fields of global activity? Just bear that in mind whenever you consult the pages of fresh news – which hopefully is not restricted, in your case, to the narrow field of Western so-called ‘journalism’.

This is of course, simply my opinion, and you are entirely free to forge your own and express it as you will, in your own sphere of activity.

All of that serving as an editorial introduction to my chosen story today.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar speak to the media before a meeting at the State Department in Washington on May 28. Photo: AFP / Saul Loeb

‘Fault lines growing in US-India relations’ – M K Bhadrakumar – a former Indian diplomat – published by Indian Punchline and Globetrotter, and sourced here from Asia Times.

This is a telling news story which carries currents that may loom larger than is at first apparent, as time progresses.

I have to admit that I am no expert on Indian affairs, but I watch and listen, and pictures begin to emerge from that. I have been worried for some time now as to exactly where India’s allegiances lie or are being realigned towards.

An inseparably Asian nation with growing economic influence and a population which, taken together, represent either a future ally or a rival to China in the new multi-polar world which may emerge from the soup of modern day troubles which threaten to sink any hope of any kind of future relevance for humanity as a dominant planetary species. Until that threat becomes a reality of course, growth of nations (large and small), their alignments, plans, and general collegial relationships are still of importance in human affairs.

India naturally falls into alignment with other Asian nations as part of the largest global land mass – these days referred to as the Eurasian continent, umbilically joined with Africa – which, incidentally, together contain the major bulk of all human life. It is the Indian elephant to the Chinese panda (or dragon?). Both are members of BRICS, the SCO, and many other international and regional organisations and various trade treaties and, superficially at least, all was going swimmingly for a united alternative to Western hegemony, until recently.

Some influences exist which could materially alter that picture as recent developments portray. A small joint national border between India and China in a very remote and fairly inconspicuous area in terms of economic value, has been a source of tension and low-level military conflict recently. No shots fired as far as I am aware but sticks and pushing, resulting in several injuries and deaths. There is, I feel, also some tension over the Chinese BRI projects in the form of the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) which is integral with the adjacent Pakistan-China border. I have no background on whether such trade corridor was ever envisioned with India or not, or what decisions failed to make that happen, but it is clear that these events may have influenced India into taking part in the obviously not in India’s best interests formation of the US led Quad alliance meant to contain and contest China’s activity in the South China Sea. This is all unfortunate in many ways and could conceivably be put down to US attempts to divide and conquer these rising national economic giants and to deflate the now generally held view that US days of glory are all but over.

That counter-move of the West is all coming to nought if what is said in this shared news item is being interpreted correctly. I have to say that this development gives me hope that the deceitful plans of an increasingly desperate US will be thwarted once again. It is certain that Anthony Blinken’s job is becoming much harder and less successful with every rebuff and dressing down he receives from those he is tasked with turning around. May ‘hard’ soon turn to ‘mission impossible’.

And so, my attempt to divert from my prevailing pathway comes round full circle back to knocking the US once again.  Oh dear, will I ever escape this self-imposed tread-mill?

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