Pact Not in Our In­ter­est

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The In­dia-US de­fence pact, when inked, is go­ing to be more ad­van­ta­geous to the US than In­dia. It would al­low Amer­i­can air­craft and war­ships ac­cess to In­dian mil­i­tary bases. The ar­gu­ment that it is a re­cip­ro­cal ar­range­ment does not hold wa­ter, as the ques­tion of sta­tion­ing In­dian troops on Amer­i­can soil does not arise. No amount of ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion will al­ter the fact that the move im­pinges on In­dia’s strate­gic au­ton­omy. No doubt, In­dia can­not af­ford to turn a blind eye to the dy­nam­ics of geopo­lit­i­cal changes. But ef­forts that do not en­tail com­pro­mis­ing In­dia’s sovereignty have to be tried to tackle the chal­lenges like China’s mil­i­tary ex­pan­sion­ism with­out jet­ti­son­ing its pol­icy of non-align­ment.

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