Now that the NSG fiasco is clear, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have succeeded in bringing ignominy for India with his globe-trotting for nothing.
Contrary to its professed nationalism, fake as it is, he has been consistently letting India down with nothing but drama amid an environment where genuine talent is scoffed at.
The Congress government under Dr Manmohan Singh pursued it in right earnest without any compromise on the nation’s dignity.
Laughing Stock: The country, however, has now become a laughing stock in the eyes of the world, with particularly China and Pakistan enjoying a chuckle at India’s expense.
A few factors had made it abundantly evident right at the very beginning that India will never make it to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
- NSG membership is open to only signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty (NPT) and India is not one.
- Any exceptions to the rule can be made only if there is consensus among all its 48 members.
- The very public and vocal position by China that it will never support India’s entry without Pakistan receiving a similar privilege.
All Drama, No Substance: Under the circumstances, only fools will have believed that Mr Modi will pull off a miracle with all his political manoeuvrings and international junkets.
I am personally opposed to the idea of making consensus mandatory for NSG membership. I had called it bogus through a post here a few days ago.
It is indeed imprudence, even madness, on the part of India to have spent so much time and money pursuing NSG with several needless visits to several countries not only by Mr Modi but also by the Foreign Secretary, including to China and Seoul the last few days!
India must focus on becoming an economic superpower first and forget about becoming an NSG member. If the country has any spine it must reject membership even if it is offered to the country on a platter.
G Joslin Vethakumar