No Jai Jai for India in Taliban-obsessed world – The New Indian Express
“Diplomats are useful in good weather. As soon as it rains, they drown in every drop. “- Charles de Gaulle
In view of the diplomatic weakness that is destabilizing India at the moment, the father of modern France was not far from the account. If diplomacy is war by other means, South Asian diplomacy is chaos by all means. Like the Taliban, who conceal their terrorist credentials and take charge of Afghanistan, India is struggling to assemble its global diplomatic architecture to deal with the situation. The Taliban and their armed acolytes pose a major threat to India more than to any other country.
Over the past decade, New Delhi has gloated over Pakistan’s collapse with its corrupt elite and radical mullahs bringing the Islamic republic to the brink of perdition. With its heinous offspring at the helm, the ISI finally has Afghanistan in its iron fist. And a habitat of terror Pakistan now enjoys greater weight against Russia, China and America. The United States, which claims to be India’s natural ally, left Afghanistan without a word. India has spent over $ 2 billion to build infrastructure for 45 million Afghans. Today, its geopolitical record having suddenly slipped into the red, India cannot take a clear position. Will he speak to a government led by a terrorist designated by the UN as prime minister? Can he guarantee that the Afghan territory will not be used by al-Qaeda and its bloody fraternity against the Indians?
Betrayed by America, ignored by Russia and tormented by China, Indian diplomacy faces the worst crises of its own creation. Indian diplomats have not ceased to yell without result. Critics of the Modi government blame diplomat-turned-politician Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who heads the Foreign Ministry.
It is for the first time that Indian foreign policy has acquired continuity in terms of personality. Never before has anyone who joined the Foreign Office as a young IFS officer ended up becoming a political first paladin except Jaishankar. Previously, Congressman Natwar Singh was the only ex-diplomat to reach the Foreign Office – but only after the political baptism of fire. He was first minister of state, then moved on to other departments and took on party responsibilities until he moved to the South Block. On the other hand, Jaishankar, 66, rarely attends BJP political parliaments. He is the first apolitical individual on the all-powerful Cabinet Committee on Defense (CCD). The CCD, chaired by the Prime Minister, comprises the Ministers of Interior, Finance, Defense and Foreign Affairs.
Shocking the entire political system, Jaishankar replaced Sushma Swaraj who had withdrawn from active politics due to illnesses. She appointed him Minister of Foreign Affairs after impeaching Sujatha Singh. Although Sushma was physically short, she was one of India’s tallest ministers and politicians. With charm and elegance, she could disarm any opponent. During his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Modi made a maximum of trips abroad. Swaraj’s seat was still at the high table unlike Jaishankar whose only job seems to be to pass the salt on to his political masters. Sushma not only had Modi’s backing, but also enjoyed political legitimacy as a saffron star.
In a politically infected bureaucracy, every babu has a choice: to be secretary or secretary. Jaishankar, for his part, is considered a former career diplomat and political pygmy. His first job was as Undersecretary to the Americans in the early 1980s. Being the son of illustrious Dr. K Subrahmanyam, a favorite diplomat of the Congressional regime, Jaishankar rarely had a post in the Third World. part of the team negotiating the nuclear deal with the United States.
Ironically, the BJP vehemently opposed it. As High Commissioner to Singapore in 2007, he continued to lead the talks. Two years later, Manmohan Singh transferred him to China as an ambassador. Jaishankar was the first envoy to hold a record four-year term. Manmohan was so impressed with his diplomatic skill that he was appointed Ambassador to America in 2013. Jaishankar’s political maneuvers were so adept at building bridges that the Modi government recalled him days before his retirement and called him back. appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in January. 2015. Jaishankar was granted a one-year extension in 2017.
His influence in the new regime was evident when he was allowed to join the Tatas by forgoing the necessary cooling-off period. Two months after retirement, Jaishankar joined the corporate mammoth in 2018 as president of global corporate affairs with the mandate “that he will be responsible for the global corporate affairs of the Tata group and the development of the international strategy and that the international offices of Tata Sons will report to him ”. But it was only a parking space. In January 2019, he received the Padma Shri. Six months later, he became the former prime minister of India who became a minister since independence and a member of the Rajya Sabha of Gujarat. As we say “to be a diplomat, you have to speak several languages, including double talk”. Jaishankar speaks Hindi, Tamil, Russian, Chinese, English and now saffron.
Our Foreign Secretary is the typical poker-faced diplomat who rarely smiles during a public engagement. In 15 months in office, he spent more than 125 days abroad covering 49 countries except Myanmar: United States, United Kingdom, Japan, France, China, Russia, Germany, Italy and United Arab Emirates . A detailed analysis of its global route reveals that its stops were primarily global think tanks and other talk shops. Jaishankar is perhaps one of the best speakers who deliver high octane speeches without a smile.
During the period 2014-2019, India played a leading role in international affairs. Modiplomacy was the flavor of the season. Swaraj had always created the right narrative and the right environment for Modi to pioneer his international agenda. But over the past two years, India’s relations with its neighbors have become less than cordial. Ever since Jaishankar forced the government to impose an economic blockade on Nepal, the Himalayan country has been freezing towards India. Despite his long stay in Beijing, Jaishankar was unable to deploy his contacts in favor of India. Despite the friendly equation between Modi and Xi, China is India’s fiercest enemy along with Pakistan.
Even the United States, which is Jaishankar’s ideological model, is not particularly enthusiastic about India. On his first visit to America after the arrival of Joe Biden, Jaishankar said, “The United States not only has a huge capacity to reinvent itself; he also has a great ability to assess his situation and to rethink his strategy, in a way. And I think today that with regard to the big problems of our time… we have fundamental convergences. Convergences which are societal convergences, which are geopolitical. And I think the challenge that awaits us is how to translate these convergences into concrete policies. “
But, the United States did not even involve India in the Doha talks with the Taliban like Pakistan and China. By adopting a vehement pro-American posture, Jaishankar may have unwittingly complicated and compromised India’s global image as a neutral nation. For the first time, India is not assured of the support of any large bloc of small nations or the Big Five. Jaishankar was trained as a diplomat who thinks several times before saying nothing. His actions have portrayed India as a country with no defined foreign policy. Moreover, Jaishankar did not give up his diplomatic attitude.
Finally, it was left to national security adviser Ajit Doval to bring his counterparts from Russia, the United States and other countries to the discussion table and define a strategy to tackle the new normal. In addition, Modi appointed three ministers of state. As someone wrote, “diplomats were invented just to waste time”. Modi realized he had no time to waste. Diplomacy cannot rule politics. Jaishankar’s experience dulled the tip of India’s diplomatic sword. In the terror party in Afghanistan, the foreign minister is the deputy with a recipe for disaster. A retired genius babu in the mask of a politician cannot get beyond his “yes minister” state of mind. Only a politically savvy veteran can restore Modi’s global mojo.
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