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The 'Sheriff' and His 'Posse'

India has become a proxy of the US in the latter's geopolitical manoeuvres in the Asian arena.

From 6 to 14 November, the global “sheriff”, the United States of America, met and conferred with a section of its “posse” (the “coalition of the willing”) in Asia – India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. Behind the behavioural niceties of diplomacy, it was “assertive multilateralism” all the way. The “sheriff” would, of course, deny that it was seeking the “containment” of China; nevertheless, the spectre of Beijing seems to have cast a shadow over the blocks where it held its parleys.

Large sections of the Indian elite already identify with US hegemony; so does the monopoly media. US President Barack Obama did not really need to flatter the Indian elite, but he did when he proclaimed in Parliament: “India is not simply emerging; India has already emerged”. On both sides, the India-US strategic partnership is seen as a significant triumph of their respective foreign policies, by the Republicans and the Democrats in the US, and by the Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party in India, what would in American lingo be called a “bipartisan” success. And why not? After all, it was more than a decade ago that the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee declared that Washington and New Delhi were “natural allies”, and on the American side it was Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr who led the way. Obama said what both the Republicans and the Democrats had endorsed when he declared: “I look forward to a reformed UN Security Council that includes India as a permanent member”. Surely he was aware of its implications, if and when it materialised, as regards the change it would bring about in Asian geopolitical dynamics.

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