Advertisement
Wednesday, Dec 01, 2021
Outlook.com
opinion

The N-Powerment Game

On the sidelines of the UN's 60th anniversary celebrations, India is busy negotiating the rocky terrain of nuclear energy cooperation with the US

The N-Powerment Game
Sandeep Adhwaryu
The N-Powerment Game
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

In 1798 Napoleon invaded Egypt. Britain concluded that France's ultimate goal was to open a route to India—hence began the Great Game which was to dominate British foreign policy for the next 150 years and culminate in the partition of India in 1947. As part of the response to the French threat, Britain signed a defence treaty with the Shah of Persia in 1801. But in 1804, when Russia attacked Persia, the Shah invoked the treaty to ask for British help. But he was refused aid on the grounds that the treaty had been intended to deter France and not Russia. It came as a shock to the Shah. He came face to face with the fact that hegemonistic powers interpret their commitments to suit their needs. An alliance with Russia would after all pay greater dividends than one with Britain, he concluded. In the late 20th century, several countries, not least of them our neighbour Pakistan, learned the same lesson from the us. In the past few days, India too has had a taste of this medicine.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set out for New York on September 11 to participate in the summit meeting convened by the UN secretary general to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. Some 170 heads of states and governments decided to attend this 'most important meeting of the UN General Assembly since the organisation was founded in 1945'. In the decade since the Cold War ended, the international state system built up around the UN charter had become increasingly endangered. As the Soviet Union disintegrated and ethnic conflicts broke out all over Europe, Africa and parts of Asia, the UN was dragged into more peacekeeping operations in less than a decade than it had undertaken during the entire 45 years of the Cold War. The pretext for most of these interventions was the defence of human rights. This had raised fears in the international community that the major powers were bent upon using this pretext to undermine their national sovereignty.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

UN Seeks Release Of Kashmiri Activist Khurram Parvez, Amendment In UAPA

UN Seeks Release Of Kashmiri Activist Khurram Parvez, Amendment In UAPA

The UN has sought probe into civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir’s Hyderpora and called on the security forces and armed groups to exercise restraint.

Omicron Scare: All You Need To Know About India's New Travel Rules Effective From Today

Omicron Scare: All You Need To Know About India's New Travel Rules Effective From Today

Health Ministry has separated travellers coming from Omicron Variant 'Countries at-risk' from other international travelers. Check the list here, along with other guidelines.

Man United, IPL Big Boys, Sydney Sixers Enter UAE T20 League

Man United, IPL Big Boys, Sydney Sixers Enter UAE T20 League

Lancer Capital has made its first-ever historic foray into cricket by acquiring a franchise in the UAE T20 league. The ECB has already roped in IPL teams like MI, DC and KRR.

Five Powerful Indian-Americans Rocking Silicon Valley, Parag Agrawal Latest Addition

Five Powerful Indian-Americans Rocking Silicon Valley, Parag Agrawal Latest Addition

As Parag Agrawal becomes the CEO of Twitter, the Indian diaspora's representation in the tech giants of America, especially the companies in Silicon Valley gets a new badge.

Advertisement