From India, with no love

India’s outrage over David Miliband’s gross insensitivity and atrocious behaviour was near universal. After a scathing critique of Mr Miliband’s words and antics, a Mint editorial held that "Miliband’s misadventure in India is unlikely to have any lasting impact on relations between India and his country; it will, however, leave a bad taste for some time to come."

As far as the sophisticated world of diplomacy goes, the Indian government has delivered the necessary rebuke. After official rebuffs and leaks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has supposedly written to his British counterpart and "conveyed India’s disappointment on his behaviour and comments." And it appears that verbal expressions of displeasure will continue for a while longer.

But that’s clearly not enough. While Mr Miliband might well be faulted for the manner in which he delivered the message, he was articulating the British government’s position. Now, if the British government believes that it need not necessarily fight the jihadis who attack Indian citizens, then it behooves India to reciprocate. Suspending intelligence and security co-operation is in order. Will this hurt Britain? It’s hard to say. But let Britain work that out.

9 thoughts on “From India, with no love”

  1. Nitin,

    I believe that disengagement of a bigger scale is on order – after all, it was not a namby-pamby bureaucrat who said all that Miliband did – it was in fact, the Foreign Secretary – pretty much no.2 to the PM, as far as India is concerned.

    If Pranab Mukherjee turns up at London tomorrow, has Guinness at a local pub, and then scotch in scotland – while trumpeting that whoever blew up the tube was not a terrorist, but someone aggrieved with Britain’s Iraq Policy – then Britain, and its papers would go to town with it.

    We need to ensure a cold enters the “relations” with Britain – possibly include a slow-down with the defence purchases – or with other means, which can subtly but very effectively hit the UK’s belly.

  2. >>Suspending intelligence and security co-operation is in order. Will this hurt Britain?

    It might hurt us, what with Britain being a breeding ground of jihadis of Pakistani origin.

  3. Atleast Indian Govt. is protesting once in a while. Westerners have treated India like rag when they had power and money. It looks like they are yet to wake up to the fact that they are fading stars.

    But beyond official protests, I see very little happening, as there are too many Indians in Britain earning their lively hood. Its would be pretty interesting to discuss if India can snub Britain without adversely effecting everyday comfort of Indians there.

  4. How convenient that one Mr William Mandelson is currently in India leading a team of Brit industry and experts in N-technology exploring Business opportunities in India?

    Seems Jairam Ramesh ‘almost’ cancelled his meeting with this delegation inprotests against Milipede’s obnoxious behavior but was finally persuaded by Pranabda to go and register his protest in person. Poor Mandelson was all apolegetic and reafffirming of UK’s “uncompromising” anti-terror commitments onlee….

    With each passing year, the trade opportunities that India holds for the west can only rise in value. Its good leverage if only GoI knew how to use it.

  5. Here’s the link for the above, btw:

    PM sends letter to Brown, Mandelson gets cold shoulder

    And yes,
    -the British banking system has been deemed ‘technically insolvent’ (as opposed to actually insolvent?), in a now-pulled report in the Independent but is still available here

    -UK’s manufacturing has been systematically hollowed out and the much touted move into the services sector as a job-creator (primarily financial services) has come a cropper, the Bank of England’s lending-friendly interest rates are the lowest since the bank’s founding in 1694, are now set to follow its master across the pond into quantitative easing territory (Yay!)

    Plans to allow secret printing by the BOE

    – The bailout of the Royal bank of Scotland that makes Little Rock look Little indeed, the impending crises at Barclay’s and the scandals involving HSBC of late….

    I could go on but you can feel the love for UKstan already…

    UKstan has really no reason to swagger into Mumbai screeching ‘Kashmir’, IMVHO. Besides, in the belt tightening that is now inevotable in UKstan, when dole is cut, the worst hit will be said musalmaans from Pak and BD more than most – who sit in govt flats, unemployed or underemployed, with large families to feed. Expect rioting on the streets this summer….

    UKstan is reaping what it sowed when it decided to sow when it became decisively the #1 shelter for terrorists, insurgents, criminals, gansters and outlaws the world over. Am I exaggerating? Judge for yourself from what B Raman wrote recently:

    After Pakistan and Afghanistan, the UK has been traditionally for many years the largest sanctuary to foreign terrorists and extremists. Everybody, who is somebody in the world of terrorism, has found a rear base in the UK — the Khalistanis in the past, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Mirpuris from PoK, the Chechens, the Al Muhajiroun, the Hizbut Tehrir etc. Having allowed such a medley of terrorists and extremists to operate unchecked from their territory for so long, British intelligence just does not have a correct estimate of how many sleeper cells are operating from their country and of which organisations.


    And all this whilst maintaining a sanctimonious demeanor shielding criminals like musician Nadeem Akhtar from Indian law (wanted in the Gulshan Kumar murder case) on the pretext that the Indian system cannot possibly assure a fair trial for a muslim like Mr Akhtar!

    Ooh, I could go on and on, but shall stop here.
    /Have a nice day, all.

  6. Oldtimer,

    It might hurt us, what with Britain being a breeding ground of jihadis of Pakistani origin.

    That is, if they are helping us in any substantial way. In any case, historically, they’ve let allowed sorts of anti-India terrorists to live and operate from Britain.

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