Hindutva India turns pro-Zionist!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
It is no surprise that the common straits of occupational state crimes bring India closer to Israel and now the Hindutva regime in India openly formalizes the bonds, so far hidden, with similar system in West Asia. By supporting Israel, India now openly recognizes the state crimes as a very effective state tool to contain the freedom movement in Kashmir.
Thirst for more and more foreign weapons has finally trapped India in Israeli weapons depot as India seems to be moving toward a strategic deal, on par with USA, with Israel – the only country with nukes.
As part of its non-aligned policy but more in order to be friends with oil rich Arab nations, all these years India always supported Palestinian cause in the UN. But the Indian Hindutva rulers of India who suppress the freedom aspirations of Kashmiris who seek sovereignty back ever since India annexed it, have now found a fellow oppressor in Israel crushing the besieged people of Palestine since 1948 for terror cooperation in Jammu Kashmir, under Indian occupation since 1947. Already India, as part of its policy of obtaining global weapons, has weapons procured from Israel as well.
For the first time in the history of Independent India, the BJP’s Modi regime has abstained from a UN vote on Israeli genocides in Gaza Strip last year when Israeli military did not spare even children – in fact the Zionist military (criminals) targeted the Palestine children.
On July 03 Friday, India, under pressure from Israeli hawk Netanyahu, abstained from a vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on a resolution that condemned Israel for the Gaza offensive last year, marking a change in New Delhi’s policy position.
A special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling for an inquiry into human rights violations from Israel’s latest military offensive in the Gaza strip. Since it was created in 2006, this is the 46th resolution against Israel at the UNHRC and India has been consistent in its voting on this issue. Palestine which is an occupied territory is a separate standing agenda item in UN language and India does not recognize the occupation.
When the gavel came down on the table, the resolution was backed by 22 members of the 47-member UNHRC, there were 17 including all countries in the European Union and one vote against the resolution which was cast by the USA.
On eve of a United Nations vote that condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza, sources say Indian PM Narendra Modi received a call from his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, on the issue. The Israeli PM is understood to have spoken to some other world leaders as well.
However, the Ministry of External Affairs, true to its usual policy, has not commented on this phone call between the two leaders on the eve of the vote, saying they “don’t know” anything about anything.
Indian behavior now looks as strange as it is an international shame.
When Indian’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, told the meeting that New Delhi was “deeply concerned at the human rights situation in Occupied Palestine Territory including East Jerusalem…and sought a just and lasting settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict, calling upon both sides to resume negotiations leading to a two-State solution with a contiguous and economically viable Palestine State,” he was stating the Indian position which is a “secure” Israel and unstable Palestine.
The resolution being debated in the Human Rights Council condemned Israel’s latest offensive on the Gaza Strip last summer, based on the findings of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict. Forty-two counties voted for the resolution against Israel, while the USA-Israel terror twins, unsurprisingly, voted against it. India was one of five countries that abstained. Earlier, Indian had supported Palestinian cause for statehood. India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Macedonia abstained from voting on the resolution and the United States voted against.
On record, the government, however, has denied any policy shift, saying India abstained because the resolution made a reference to taking Israel to the International Criminal Court, which India, which also commits similar crimes in occupied Kashmir valley, considers intrusive.
Ties between India and Israel have been warming up and PM Modi has been coerced by Israel and USA to make a “historic” visit to Israel in a few months, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister, and offer and get counsel on occupational crimes. Narendra Modi met with his Israeli counterpart B Netanyahu during their meeting in New York in September 2014 perhaps for weapon deal…USA, as it’s known policy, tries to get as many “friends” for Israel with similar goals. Earlier, USA brought Turkey closer to Israel so that Israel can legitimize its crimes against Palestinians. In fact, Israel and USA misused Turkey and even exploited for their benefits. Only recently Turkey comprehended the US-Israeli agenda and parted ways with the arrogant Israeli regime.
In February this year, Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon became the first Israeli minister to ever visit the Indian army. The two countries are currently planning to develop defense system program, and Israel is the second largest exporter of arms to India, the largest importer of arms in the world. This makes Israel the second-largest exporter of weapons to India after Russia in the first place and followed by the United States in the third place. Israel has sold boats and naval artillery, rockets and unmanned aircraft as well as electrical equipment to India as the parties signed an arms deal in October 2014.
Israel is upbeat about the improving relations with India in an unprecedented move in which India for the first time publicly announced that the Prime Minister will visit Israel in order to strengthen bilateral relations in many areas, most importantly the military. Israel says hat the relations between the two countries is currently in its ‘golden age’. Eager to strengthen its relationship to Israel and continue joint military and diplomatic efforts India abstained to vote in the Human Rights Council. Israeli Foreign Ministry as saying that India’s abstention on the resolution is a victory for Israeli diplomacy, noting that India led the movement of non-aligned countries in support of Palestine for decades. Israel claims Narendra Modi, who became Prime Minister in India in April 2014 decided as his government’s priority to change the Indian relations with Israel.
The change in India’s official position took the Indian population by surprise, prompting the Indian foreign ministry to issue a statement confirming that India has not changed its stance towards the Palestinian cause. The Indian opposition leader condemned the position of India and PM Modi, pointing out that this position may lead to the deterioration of relations between India and Arab countries, adding that his country has significant economic links with these countries.
The Hindutva government tries to accelerate the slow ties so far. India proposed a Free Trade Agreement with Israel in 2010. The two sides continue their negotiations and the eighth round was held in Israel in November 2013.From a base of US$ 200 million in 1992 (comprising primarily diamonds), the merchandise trade diversified and reached US $ 5.19 billion in 2011. However, owing to global economic recession, there was a decrease of 14.3% in bilateral trade in 2012 and the bilateral trade stood at US$ 4.44 billion (Jan-Dec), including trade in diamonds. The balance of trade was in Israel’s favour by US$ 573 million. India’s exports to Israel amounted to US$ 1.93 billion and India’s imports from Israel were worth US$ 2.50 billion. Bilateral trade during the nine-month period January-September 2013 was about US$ 3.24 billion.
In recent years, Israel has taken a decision to strengthen economic relations with China and India. In 2011, Israel announced a fund of NIS 100 million (around US$ 28 million) spread over a period of three years to cover expenses on relocation of employees to India (or China); hiring local consultants; and logistics for opening an office in the target country. Israeli companies have invested in India in energy, renewable energy, telecom, real estate, water technologies, and are focusing on setting up R&D centers or production units in India.
The State Bank of India opened a branch in Tel Aviv in 2007. India imports critical defence technologies from Israel. There are regular exchanges between the armed forces. Significant investments from India in Israel include acquisition of Israeli drip-irrigation company Naandan by Jain Irrigation, Sun Pharma’s 66% stake in Taro Pharmaceuticals, Triveni Engineering Industries investment in Israeli Aqwise Company, and others. A consortium of India’s Cargo Motors Pvt. Ltd and Israel Ports Company won a US$ 700 million contract bid to build a deep water port at Nargol in Modi’s home state of Gujarat.
Also, both regimes selectively promote mutual people visits, not publicised for the general public. India is a destination of choice for over 38,000 Israelis who visit India every year for tourism and business. Over 40,000 Indians visited Israel in 2013, the largest number of tourists from an Asian country. India also offers seven ICCR scholarships and Know India Scholarships to Israelis every year.
The previous Congress government did not scrap all deals the earlier BJP government struck with Israel. There is a secret nexus between BJP and Congress both on domestic and foreign matters.
However, Indian abstention from UN vote on Israeli crimes in Gaza has not helped the Israeli cause. Already USA misuses its veto for a criminal state like Israel. Already as super power the USA behaves a big bully globally, supporting Israeli crimes in Mideast, misusing its veto on UNSC to shield Israeli military criminals from any punitive measures, thereby emboldening a fascist Israel to go ahead with its holocaust efforts and justify its crimes. This is the ritual and has been so in the UN in Geneva or in New York at the UNSC which discusses armed conflicts and passes resolutions. Resolutions of the UN — of which India is a founding member — are high on moral pressure and low on teeth.
In order to divert domestic attention from its wrong and shameful act of abstaining from UN vote, the Indian strategists are asking the Modi government to attack Myanmar and Azad Kashmir where, they claim, Pakistan is training terrorists.
Israel has every reason to boast of its ability to coerce a former non-aligned leader India to come on its terror board, on the basis of their “shared values” of shameful occupational crimes in Palestine and Kashmir, respectively.
Earlier, the Leftist CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury demanded that India, which is the largest buyer of Israeli armaments, must stop “financing” Israel by buying their armaments, in the interest of India and the world. Yechury said that the attacks on Palestine must be stopped. “Countries who had military association with Israel have realized that their security mechanism was sabotaged…If you talk of security, what India and Israel have common in security,” asked Yechury. However, as far as arms procurements from other countries are concerned, decisions will be solely guided by the interest and concerns of the country, he said.
The World Peace Council and the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation conclave adopted a four-point Goa declaration, the first of which called for India to review its military ties with Israel as India’s arms purchase provides direct subsidy to the Israeli arms industry. The declaration demanded that India should not be party to any measure which provides physical support to the illegal occupation. It also called upon India to take the bold initiative to end the occupation of Palestine and allow Palestinians to have their own sovereign state with the pre-1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. The declaration also urged the people of India to redouble the solidarity with the people of Palestine in their quest for just peace and independent state.
In principle, India has always abstained from country specific investigations by the UNHRC as New Delhi believes they are “intrusive and impinge” on the sovereignty of the state as India claims Kashmir to an integral part of India.
The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip was the pivot of the Geneva session and speaker after speaker detailed the shelling of innocent people.
Knowing fully well the material called Israel, India becoming pro-Israel is not good for the humanity at large as it could affect all freedom cum peace loving peoples of the globe.