With the United Nations Security Council finding the nerve to take on Libya, the tables have finally been turned on Moammar Gadhafi. On Thursday, the council backed a no-fly zone over the country, besides “all necessary measures…to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack” short of an occupation.
In this regard, India’s abstention from voting on the resolution is disappointing. On the one hand, it aspires for permanent membership of the Security Council; on the other, it hesitates to act firmly on the global stage, out of misplaced fears of ramifications within its borders. As a result, India now finds itself bracketed with states such as Russia and China, and unwilling to act on others that thrive on repression.
More than anything, this says something about the persistent hangover in India’s foreign policy. Such weakness of the will hardly behoves a nation looking to make a mark on the world.