India has abstained three times in the UN, both for and against, although its statements, despite being worded in diplomat, may have conveyed a subtle message as Russian aggression has increased.

India’s deep strategic relationship with Russia and its significant reliance on that country for its own military preparedness is well understood by the West and despite its condemnation of Russia, Western countries have been muted in expressing their views on India’s stance apart from the odd voice , largely insignificant, now and then. Since the beginning of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, India has abstained three times from voting in the UN, either for or against, although his statements, despite being worded in diplomatic form, may have conveyed a subtle message as the Russian aggression has increased. “It now reflects the megalomaniac desperation of a despot rather than a political outcome,” said Indian Navy veteran Commodore Anil Jai Singh.

As the conflict unfolds in distant Europe, the ripples are already being felt in this part of the world. The impact of the sanctions against Russia and the economic destruction of Ukraine on the global economy have yet to take full effect. Now may be the time for like-minded nations in the Indo-Pacific to synergize their considerable economic capacity to offset it and consolidate their strengths.

In his opinion, “The Japanese Prime Minister’s recent visit to India, the virtual interaction between Prime Minister Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and visits by senior officials of the United States government indicate India’s significance in the region as a power in the Indian Ocean, while the rest are largely resident Pacific powers.”

India’s priority remains the Indo-Pacific and more specifically the Indian Ocean

According to Commodore Anil Jai Singh, Vice President and Head-Delhi branch Indian Maritime Foundation: “Two nuclear-armed neighbors who are constantly on India’s heels prevent India from lowering its vigilance even for a moment. India is also committed to the Quad and now subtly endorses its criticism of China’s actions and combativeness, something it did not do until recently. The stalemate along the LAC over the past two years and China’s reluctance to resolve the border issue as part of its larger design to contain India have led to this shift in India’s position.

“India is the resident power in the Indian Ocean and the obvious strategic advantage of a favorable maritime geography could challenge China’s great power ambitions. China has steadily increased its economic and military footprint and is slowly but surely gaining a foothold in this region,” notes the former Indian Navy submarine.

In his opinion: “The upcoming visit of Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, will also take on significance, as will Prime Minister Imran Khan’s appreciation of India’s autonomy in its foreign policy. It is indeed ironic that India is now on the same side as China and Pakistan in not voting against or mentioning Russia in its statements.”

us vs them

This conflict has the potential to shape future geopolitics in an ‘us versus them’ scenario reminiscent of the Cold War, but with less ideological baggage. The global economy is also too closely intertwined to split into fragmented parts.

Commodore Singh shares his view with Financial Express Online, saying: “India’s position is unlikely to be adversely affected by these developments, but some of its choices may require a carefully calibrated approach. Its national interest must come first, as it has done to date, and India must use its strategic and geographic advantage in the Indian Ocean to consolidate and assert its considerable power to influence future results in this region.

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