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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
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-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
From New York

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.

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