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04 Sep 2020
Why India Needs to Pursue Independent Plans Rather than Relying on USA
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Reasons why India Needs to Start Pursuing Its Independent Plans Rather than Relying on USA

  1. India’s deepening ties with US has been as result of Great Power competition USA faces from China.
  2. India’s relation with USA is INVERSELY PROPORTIONAL to the threat perception that USA faces from China.
  3. In an unlikely scenario that is in coming decade, if China threat dissipates then US is likely to drift apart from India.
  4. Many believe that India-US bonhomie will continue forever irrespective of what happens to China. However, this justification is hard to subscribe.
  5. As Indian power rises over next few decades there could be a possibility of Indian-US diverging and plus lack of common enemy.
  6. India US would possibly rub against each other causing friction in relationship that has grown over a period of 2 decades.
  7. India's heft at that point (still relatively dwarfed by US even then) would make it more emboldened to take FP steps which are completely independent of outside influences including from DC causing consternation in the US that their strategic partner is not beholden to them.
  8. In future India would see more vocal criticism from US Govt. that is absent today due to the nature of the relationship. That would reminiscent of the 90's (during Kashmir & Pokhran-2) when there was consistently harsh admonishments from the West including US.
  9. India has to purse an independent FP which helps achieve its strategic goals while keeping in mind: 1) that US bonhomie might not last forever 2) learn to do things irrespective of pressure from foreign capitals (similar to 90's and even now)

Originally Published as a Twitter thread by Mohal Joshi @MohalJoshi

 

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