Political Circus in India

Every day is a circus in India. Or theatrical exhibition of the Modi variety.

  1. Today’s dose came from India withdrawing the visa it issued to Germany-based Chinese Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa. It wanted to taunt China for vetoing U.N. action against Pakistan’s terrorist Jaish-e-Mohamed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar but has ended up bloodying its nose.
  2. Last week two senior ministers – Arun Jaitley and Nirmala Seetharaman – lived up to the BJP’s tradition by spreading their mouths too wide only to be quickly put in their places. They tried to take on the globally respected economist, Dr Raghuram Rajan, who this January was named the Central Banker of the Year.

Though Dolkun Isa is seen as a human rights activist, China and Taiwan have declared him a terrorist. So, it was nothing but buffoonery to give him an Indian visa. If India considers Masood a terrorist, so is Dolkun for China.India has thus been left badly bruised – first China cosied up to Pakistan by blocking Modi’s government from getting Masood declared a terrorist.Both China and Pakistan will now be rejoicing over India’s follies!

One-Eyed King: Last week Dr Rajan, explaining his “one-eyed King” remark, said as a central banker he had to be pragmatic, not euphoric if India is the fastest growing large economy.

He pointed out that the per-capita income of Indians remained lowest among BRICS nations. “We have a long way to go before we can claim we have arrived. We need to repeat this performance (economic growth) for 20 years before we can give each Indian a decent livelihood.”

If it wanted to retaliate against China, it should have initiated direct action against the country. Not through puerile, indirection actions!

Loss of Face: Not surprisingly, India had to beat a hasty retreat after protests from China. The ramifications will have been serious if it had not withdrawn the visa, but the cavalier manner in which it issued it in the first place has been an embarrassment for the country.

If India is seen as supporting a terrorist in some way its battle against terrorism is lost. But then you cannot expect clowns running the government to show maturity in its retaliations.

 G Joslin Vethakumar



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