BRICS and isolating Pakistan
It is far from clear on what basis some commentators have held that “Pakistan’s isolation is complete” at the BRICS plenary in Goa. It is bereft of a clear-eyed analysis and passes understanding. It is unbecoming of a great nation like India to define itself in relation to a single neighbouring country. This is while it can do without overdoing things and using a multi-nation forum to call it, in hyperbole, the “mother-ship of terrorism”. Some hard realism needs to enter the picture to prevent the slide into self-delusion. The acknowledgement of terrorism by the BRICS countries which can at best be described as ‘neutralist’. It is significant that there is no naming of Pakistan in the BRICS declaration.
The Chinese president Xi Jinping has listed ‘terrorism’ with climate change and infectious diseases. The signing of mega deals is one thing, cementing a strategic partnership is quite another thing. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s invocation of the Russian saying which incidentally is a universal saying, ‘One old friend is equal to two new friends’ has not elicited a positive response from Russian president Vladimir Putin, on a review of Russia’s military exercises with Pakistan. The mere sale of copters, frigates and nuclear reactors, (incidentally, why make the marine park of Gulf of Mannar a nuclear park?), is not indicative of a sound strategic relationship. Xi Jinping could not be persuaded to change Beijing’s stance on India’s bid for NSG membership and a UN proscription on JeM chief Masood Azhar. It is true that walking the diplomatic landmine is not easy these days.
G David Milton