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Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
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Whose Role Is It Anyway?

India has seceded the leadership in developing-world diplomacy

Whose Role Is It Anyway?
Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
Whose Role Is It Anyway?
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When charismatic Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan persuaded Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to agree to an enriched uranium swap that may help Teheran avert further UN sanctions, many in India were reminded about the heyday of the Non-Aligned Movement. In those times, India wasn’t a spectator, content to watch important international events from the sidelines, mute and reactive. Under the sagacious leadership of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, India led the Third World, propounding new principles of diplomacy, providing moral support to those chafing under colonial rule, and rallying the ‘wretched countries’ of the world. India was always strident, its stand unequivocal, and it led from the front—whether it was the battle to end apartheid in South Africa or the wars in the Korean peninsula and Indochina. In his idealism, Nehru had the support of Egypt’s Nasser, Yugoslavia’s Tito, Indonesia’s Sukarno and Ghana’s Kwame...

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