Via TRNN: Modi Eager to Make India Another Lily Pad for the Projection of American Power; Vijay Prashad says the Indian Prime Minister is eager to have a Logistical Support Agreement with the United States and participate in the US-led encirclement of China
Peries: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India addressed the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, calling for stronger economic and military ties between the two countries. He said that India and the U.S. have overcome the hesitations of history, and hailed both countries’ democratic principles. He also called the U.S. an indispensable partner for India.
Unintentional satire, I’m sure…Modi had praised Amurrika as ‘a force for good in the world’, and its ‘crucial role in Afghanistan’. And so successful for some™, eh wot?
Prashad: Earlier this year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter was in Goa, where he was meeting with Indian military chiefs, and they were basically firming up an agreement which has now gone through all the logistical exchange memorandum of agreement. And what this logistical exchange MOA does, essentially, is allow the United States and India to exchange logistical material, including fuel. This means that American military hardware, and you know, the ships and planes, et cetera, can refuel in India.
Peries: Now, part of the agreement discussed between the two countries was the Indian purchase of a number of arms, and planes, and so on. What else was contained in that, in those talks, I should say, and why does India need to buy weapons from the United States?
Prashad: So this is an issue that I think Mr. Modi will have to deal with. Why is he so eager to sign arms deals with the United States? Why is India so eager to build up its military beyond its needs, in a way? And some people suggest that this is not only a part of India’s old antagonism against Pakistan, but also it is a buildup, as part of the so-called encirclement of China. And India here, particularly Mr. Modi’s party, is eager to have a relationship with the United States putting pressure on China.
But Sharmini, the main purchases that India is purported to conduct is to buy six nuclear reactors. This is, of course, not entirely germane to the question of the military, although it is linked, because India is not only a nuclear power country but is also a nuclear weapons country. Illegal, completely, because India is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and therefore is outside the purview of international law, as far as its nuclear situation is concerned.
TRNN’s interview with Senior Journalist Seema Mustafa on Modi’s visit to Washington: ‘Modi’s U.S. Visit: High on Atmospherics, Short on Substance’; on PM Modi’s 4th visit to the United States. Even as the Indian media is going gaga over Prime Minister Modi’s visit, it seems to have achieved very little. This visit, initiated at India’s behest, saw Modi addressing the US Congress, a joint statement by the two governments, and atmospherics typical of his foreign trips. In concrete terms, while no major agreement such as the Logistics Service Agreement has been signed, both sides talked of being “allies” and “partners”, a significant departure from India’s foreign policy’
I guess ‘atmospherics’ can play a strong role even before the MOA is eventually signed, as in:’Get it, China?’. Ash Carter seems convinced of it, as the MoA’s been a long time comin’, and the Pivot is seen as crucial for maintaining the Imperium’s uni-polar fervor. Seema made large mention of the political parties in India that won’t care for the deal, ad importantly that ‘The Chinese already have said that they are opposing our bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group’, which is key to purchasing the crap Westinghouse nuclear reactors as part of ‘the deal’.
This is Carnegieendowment.org on India’s desire to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in 2011, including the 14 criteria for NSG membership.
Also via TRNN June 6: ‘On Fourth Visit to the US as Prime Minister, Modi Seeks Boost in Defense Ties’; ‘Discussing India Prime Minister Modi’s visit, Former Naval Commander Atul Bhardwaj argues India is being drawn into a strategic cooperation with the US that is focused on containing China. The cooperation will require India to acquire large quantities of US arms’. Video only at TRNN (so much Bernie coverage to transcribe), but here’s the transcript at newsclick.in, entitled there: ‘As Modi Clocks Frequent Flyer Miles, What is in it for India?’
Discussing India Prime Minister Modi’s visit, Former Naval Commander Atul Bhardwaj argues India is being drawn into a strategic cooperation with the US that is focused on containing China. The cooperation will require India to acquire large quantities of US arms.
Interviewer Raghu seems to believe that China has claimed the South China Sea as its own.
Atul: You know there is no threat to freedom of navigation as such. There are ships which are allowed to go. In your territorial waters, no country allows you to have your warships coming in without permission. That is a very clear cut clause in that sense. I am not actually saying what China is doing and what China is not doing. I am basically saying you know you travel miles into another area basically, who is actually triggering the conflict?
(As to India getting dragged into the US position on the South China Sea):
India has already got dragged into that. We have already been doing this Malabar series of exercise with Americans, and in which Japanese are also coming in, in which Australians are also coming in. It’s a quadrilateral kind of arrangement which you are getting into in South China Sea. It is primarily to apply pressure on China. The entire game is to apply pressure; America’s pivot to Asia is primarily designed to counter China.
Quite a discussion on the military hardware issue as well; a US/India collaboration on a nuclear aircraft carrier, F-18s, possible purchases of the crap ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t fly’ ‘fifth-generation’ F-35s, etc., v.:
Atul: Now India is already in tie-up with Russia to produce fifth generation aircraft. Now how does that come into the picture? As I said initially, there is no naval version of aircraft that India is building with Russia. So this nuclear powered aircraft carrier that can carry 50 aircrafts comes into picture and that is how the whole game of selling F-35s of selling E2C Hawk-Eye and building India into an inter-operable network enabled warfare which is actually controlled by the United States.
From kashmirawareness.org, oh, my: ‘US-Modi Bonhomie’, 6/14/2016 PM by Abdul Majid Zargar
“During his latest visit to US, Modi has received a thunderous applause to his forty five minute speech to the joint session of US congress during which he is reported to have received extraordinary number of clappings & standing ovations.
The rousing reception begs a very important question. Has the US, which positions itself as a champion of human rights around the world ,forgotten or forgiven Modi for his complicit role in killing minority Muslims thus committing grave crimes against humanity during Gujrat riots 2002 .The question is important because in its answer lies the future survival of democracy as a best model which respects human rights. I will explain that a little later. That Modi’s Complicity in Gujrat riots is well researched & adequately documented.” [snip, detailing journalistic exposés, high level commission reports, both US and British, those killed in the anti-Sikh riots by Modi forces]
“And if it is presumed that USA has forgiven Modi, then we can only mourn the sad demise of core values from American hearts. Slobodan Milosevic must be wondering in his grave for the differential treatment he got at the hands of those whose priorities are guided more by revenue & market valuations. Whatever be the case, a caveat is in order. America by its odious behavior has undermined & debased the structure of democracy, it so enthusiastically promotes in rest of the world.”
And Zargar didn’t even mention fascist nationalistic anti-Muslim India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act for Kashmir and Jammu…
From dnaindia.com, June 14: ‘India’s NSG memebership will touch raw nerve in Pakistan, will increase nuclear arms race: China’.