India is gradually drifting from Non-Aligned policy and has aligned with the West and Israel, said an Indian Analyst Wednesday in New Delhi.
India drifting from Non-Aligned policy: Indian Analyst
In an exclusive interview with IRNA Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, President of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawwarat (AIMMM) said: “Although India was used to take pride in its moral high ground and its being leader of the Non-Aligned Movement, but its wage statement that called upon both sides to restrain themselves, issued over the big issue like Gaza war, was indicative that India is drifting from the Non-Aligned policy.
‘The government’s policy of maintaining equidistance is not proper because Israel and Palestine cannot be treated at par. Israel is an occupier while the Palestine is occupied.’
He said that India since early 1990 has changed its policy, and is now fully aligned with the West, with America especially and Israel. “And (New Delhi) has strategic relationship with Israel, kind of intelligence cooperation and security cooperation, which it doesn’t have with any Arab or Muslim country,” added Indian expert.
Noting that India has changed and is not a Non-Aligned country now, Dr. Zafrul, Editor and Publisher of a leading Indian Muslim newspaper “The Milli Gazette”, said that maybe officially the name appears in the list of Non-Aligned countries but is now fully aligned with America and Israel.
“And they may say something for local consumption that they are friend of Arabs or friend of Palestine. But they are now fully aligned with the West and Israel,” he further noted.
The Indian analyst went on to say that the government’s only interest in the Middle East are two. To get oil and gas from there and also to protect the Indians working there, who are remitting billions of billions dollars every year without any condition.
“These Indians don’t ask anything. While the Indians working in America they ask so much concessions. Even they have been given PIO cards. While the Indians working in Arab and Persian Gulf countries, they are not asking for anything. More than six million Indians are working in this part of the world and remitting very huge amount, something like 30 to 40 percent of Indian Foreign Revenues are coming from these people. So it is India’s interest,” he asserted.
Indian expert further said that otherwise India is no longer interested in protecting or in taking sides with one of these countries in big issues.
“India was wage in its statement and called upon both sides to restrain themselves. Which is actually like “a kind of scandal” for a country which used to take pride in its moral high ground and its being leader of the Non-Aligned Movement. Today, India is none of that. India is now pursuing its own narrow interests,” he concluded.