13 May, 2021

Sound Of Fury

US feels India is fooling itself and the world

Sound Of Fury

FURY, condemnation, disbelief. Washington bristled with these sentiments in the immediate aftermath of India’s nuclear tests. A hint of scorn too. Sample only Assistant Secretary of State Karl Inderfurth’s words to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, at a hearing last Wednesday: "There are reports from the Indian press which cite gleeful claims that India has now become the world’s sixth superpower—a fact which is apparent only to those making the claim. Clearly, the world thinks otherwise."

But amid all this, did the tests also bring a certain grudging respect for New Delhi? Perhaps leverage for a possible seat at the UN Security Council? Perhaps even a bargaining chip at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva?

Not at all, chimes a chorus of US officials, lawmakers, and analysts who claim they will never again trust India, which had claimed all along to be a conscientious objector to the world nuclear regime. And so the "ton of bricks", as one Western European diplomat put it, came hurtling down on New...

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