Why Modi’s China gamble has paid off & why Blinken’s Afghan policy differs from India

Why Modi’s China gamble has paid off & why Blinken’s Afghan policy differs from India

[Music] subscribe to our youtube channel and press the bell icon to get the latest updates [Music] this week on global print i’m going to talk to you about the visit of the u.s secretary of state anthony blinken to india he arrived on tuesday evening he leaves on wednesday evening suggest over 24 hours or so a very important visit for india and also for the u.s on the agenda two big issues the quad of which india and the us are both members along with japan and australia and afghanistan and both sides are discussing how to play a role in resolving the mayhem and the chaos that continues to unfold in that country but before i talk to you much more in detail about these issues dear viewer i’d like to make an appeal to you please do click on the join button become a member subscribe to the print pay just a little bit for our free fair objective and unhyphenated journalism and you will see a wide array of options of benefits open up to you there are links both for an international audience as well as for a domestic one so please do subscribe and pay a little bit so back to my column global print in which i talked to you about the u.s secretary of state anthony lincoln’s visit to india now on the agenda like i said were two big issues the quad in afghanistan but there is also a third one and the u.s media has been playing this up quite a bit which is that mr blinken is going to raise the subject of the infringement of freedoms in india now we don’t know whether mr blinken has indeed raised these issues with his counterpart with mr jashankar and with the indian side but let me say a couple of things here the first is that on the eve of lincoln’s visit the ministry of external affairs issued a statement saying that india is a democratic country is very proud of its democratic credentials and will not tolerate any curbs on freedom of speech and expression now obviously nobody is looking at the finder print which is the surveillance or the slooping that has been carried out as part of the pegasus project and you know that several journalists academics as well as scottish politicians um their phones have been surveilled or snooped upon apart from that there are all the cases with sedition and um and people being thrown into into jail under the terrorism act now like i said we don’t know whether mr blinken is raising or has raised these issues with the indian side but in a sense the americans are also talking to their own domestic audience and the democrats as you know and the democratic party is very big on human rights violations on the infringement of freedom of speech and expression so these things matter to the to the democratic uh voter base so while the americans are telling their own people back home that yes we are going to raise these issues with the indian government the indian government is saying hey nobody needs to tell us what we should do because we are a democratic country we are it is a free and fair elected government and no such thing is happening so both sides are speaking to their own uh domestic audiences and this is fascinating at a time when there is so much happening in the world and there’s so much chaos especially around these two big issues china and afghanistan and this is where the quad comes in and that’s why the visit of uh anthony blinken is so interesting now we know that both india the us japan and australia are the four members of the quad uh this is very clearly an anti-china coalition although each country pretends that china is not the primary focus but it’s clearly um a coalition of partners it’s not an alliance india doesn’t like to be called an ally but it’s clearly something a group perhaps if you want to call it that to within quotes contain china so mr blinken who knows i mean the world knows that the chinese troops are in eastern ladakh and for the last one year india and indian troops have been holding off these chinese troops who violated the line of actual control and came into ladakh over a year ago so mr blinker is probably here to shore up india to support it to say to encourage it to say don’t give in to china and you have our back that is india has us’s back and that is a very very interesting development which has been on in the offing for the last several weeks and months but the second equally interesting development is that is on afghanistan now we know that over the last several weeks and the la and over the last couple of global print columns i’ve talked in detail about afghanistan dear viewers and if you’d like you can go back and hear those and read those columns in which i’ve said that india has played a big role in afghanistan these last 20 years now in afghanistan we know that uh there that the chaos that has been unfolding these last several weeks and months despite the fact that the taliban has promised the americans that that they will curtail the violence of course no such thing has happened so what happens now india is a very close friend of afghanistan it has invested in afghanistan not just economically which is about three billion dollars these last 20 years since the september 11 2001 incidents but it has a very strong friendship with the people of afghanistan so at this time when afghanistan needs all the help it can get the americans are leaving the russians are brokering a friendship with the taliban courtesy of pakistan the afghans would like india to support it in any way possible um including with with financial aid or weapons or or in in any other way so this is the situation with um as anthony blinken comes to town and has these conversations with prime minister modi and external affairs minister jaishankar remember though that the u.s also needs india it is the u.s understands that india is the only large country in the world that can potentially take on china of course there is a a big gap between india and china including its economy the chinese are five times larger than india it is a so it’s in in many ways a much more powerful country than india but the us also understands that india is not just a neighbor a very large neighbor of china’s but it is potentially the only country that can take it on so while the us needs india in the quad india also understands that the us is partnering with pakistan on the afghanistan scoreboard so the joe biden administration willing to hold its nose bite bite its tongue is not likely to tell the modi government off on its human rights or its infringements on freedom of speech and expression whether it’s in the surveillance related to the pegasus project and we know that several journalists and academicians and politicians have been a part of that or the arrest of of civilians um underwear under terrorist at cases or sedition cases so i would argue that the u.s is not really going to tell the indians off and that and the reason they are not going to do that is because they understand that india is the only country that can potentially take on china which is what the americans are most um [Music] concerned about at this point of time so in a sense the modi’s china gamble has paid off which means that whatever else happens inside the country the u.s is going to say we leave we’ll deal with that another day today we have to deal with china i will end on um on this interesting note which is that the afghan national security adviser hamdullah muhib a few days ago was in london where he met the former pakistani prime minister nawaz sharif now we know that mr sharif was expelled from pakistan a case was cooked up against him relating to investments that he had made abroad and according to the to the pakistani government he did not he had not revealed those investments which means he did not allegedly pay any tax on them but be that as as it may mr sharif is out of pakistan he’s in exile in london and he has a very very bitter relationship with the pakistani military establishment so what is mr mohib doing meeting nawaz sharif my enemy’s enemy is my friend i think that’s the lesson that mr mohib is hinting at and that’s the lesson all of us in the region must learn which is that even if mr mohib and mr nawaz sharif are not going to be able to do too much together because in pakistan it is the military establishment that holds all the cards and this establishment is the one that is playing its gain in afghanistan the civilian government doesn’t matter as much we know that very clearly but in this case what is mr mohib telling us if the pakistan army’s enemy is navasha reef and if mr muhib and the pakistani military establishment have such a bitter relationship then surely nawaz sharif and the afghan government can perhaps in the future do something together whether or not something will happen time will tell and on this cliche i will end my column this week so dear viewer don’t forget to join and click on the connect button subscribe to the print pay a little bit and keep yourself informed with the prince free fair 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