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कृण्वन्तो विश्वमार्यम्


By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
The 28 nation Nuclear Suppliers Group held a special session post dinner in hotel Shilla, Seoul, South Korea on 23 June 2016 to deliberate on the application of India requesting to join the elite group. It was indeed a consummation of efforts of Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi and his team of diplomats. India was strongly supported by France, UK, USA and other major powers of the world. It is heartening to note that the strongest support came from the European countries and USA. In fact America lent its heavy weight to the Indian effort for membership of the NSG.
The request of India to become a full fledged member of the NSG was questioned by China, Brazil, Switzerland, Turkey, Austria, Ireland and New Zealand. They said that India’s credibility in following NSG guidelines after the one-time exception was given to India to deal with other nations in Nuclear technology but it did not meet the criteria of signing the NPT – Non-Proliferation Treaty. Excepting China other opposing countries were gradually coming round to support India but China was adamant that India not being a signatory to NPT did not qualify for membership of the NSG.
Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi had made a commendable effort to win over China to India’s cause when he met Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China at Tashkent on the sidelines of the summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation – SCO – and requested the latter to view India’s case dispassionately by delinking it with other regional compulsions. Modi ji had obliquely hinted that Pakistan’s application for membership of NSG did not merit clubbing with India’s application because their record of proliferation spoke volumes against membership of NSG. Colluding with the rogue State of North Korea by Pakistan was a point to ponder. It has not been stated by the Chinese spokesman what the response of President XI was. However, the continued opposition by China speaks volumes of many reasons of self interest of China that could not be hidden with a fig leaf named Pakistan.
Looking at dogged opposition to India’s application for membership of the NSG, one may safely surmise that China is scared of meteoric rise of Inia on the international firmament under the leadership of Narendra Modi. India is not only catching up with China in economic growth but in encouraging its youth with financial schemes likr Startups, Jan-Dhan Yojana and so on. The economic growth of India would eventually translate into the military growth. Conceding the fact that at present China is far ahead of India in matters military including in production of armaments for the three Services, the day is not far off when Modi’s plan “ Make in India” will produce wonderful results. The 100 per cent FDI in Defence will boost both Military Prowess and economic power of India.
India has a large percentage of young population whereas China has a high percentage of old men and women. The single child policy of China has caused tremendous emotional imbalance and reduced the level of happiness among its people. No wonder China is now taking recourse to YOGA to do damage control. It has the largest number of Yoga training centres next to India.
Weighing the aforesaid factors, China finds itself in a position where blocking India from further international ascendance is the only solution. It has become a policy matter for China and it has no intention of deviating from it lest it loses leadership in Asia to India.
With the massive international support that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has garnered, it goes without saying that sooner than later, China will be persuaded by the people and governments of the world to do justice to India’s request of joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group. It will indeed be in the interest of the rest of the world too.India’s record in following the policy of non-proliferation will stand like a beacon light showing the correct course to floundering nations.
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