Monday, December 03, 2007

monu nalapat: Will the USS Kitty Hawk cement U.S.-India military ties?

dec 3, 2007

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Commentary: Will the USS Kitty Hawk cement U.S.-India military ties?

MANIPAL, India, Nov. 28
M.D. NALAPAT

Column: Future Present

Thanks largely to India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who shared with his leftwing British friends a dislike of the Yanks, the geopolitically senseless alienation between the United States and India continued for five decades after India's independence in 1947.

What seems finally to have convinced the British to leave India was the seepage of loyalty from the Indian component of the armed forces. More than 2 million Indians saw action on the Allied side during World War II. Yet during the war, their loyalty to the Crown was tested by the discriminatory treatment meted out to Indians in the services. British personnel dominated the higher reaches of the military and were given perquisites and privileges far beyond those enjoyed by Indians.

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3 comments:

TallIndian said...

Wow, an article from the GOP/Moonie press! Sure that has a lot of credibility!

karyakarta92 said...

The US-India relationship has been a saga of missed opportunities. Here's an opportunity for both sides to overcome the deficit of trust.

nizhal yoddha said...

ah, tallindian, the resident Democrat fan, re-appears. you sure have a lot of credibility given your raving-lunatic espousal of the ayatollahs-of-non-proliferation party.

where were you when we talked about hillary clinton's pretty clear assertion of her pro-china tilt?

and in any case, it's fine to take ideas and data from anybody, even people you are not so fond of. i like, for instance, to quote the economist's data (despite holding their opinions in contempt), and i have on occasion quoted ems nambudiripad (despite holding his entire faith, the R of M, in contempt). the upi is going around soliciting writers. they asked me to write for them too.