Should India pull out of UN peacekeeping missions?
Last week, Nitin and Sushant proposed in an op-ed in the Indian Express that India has to scale down its contribution to the UN peacekeeping operations. They contend that rather than for “serving an ideal” or for “better compensation for its soldiers”, such deployments should be strictly governed only by one principle– India’s national interest.
A couple of days later, Anit joined the debate with another op-ed in the Indian Express countering their arguments and putting forth reasons of his own for continuing with India’s policy of contributing heavily to these UN peacekeeping assignments.
Now, Nitin has a put up a blogpost at The Acorn, pointing out the logical fallacies in Anit’s postulations.
It is an engrossing debate, not because I happen to know the authors personally, but because it puts the spotlight on a very pertinent policy issue that needs immediate attention of the establishment. Eventually, where we stand on this subject is a vindication of whether India has really moved on from mouthing hypocritical platitudes on NPT, NAM, South-South cooperation and G-88 of a bygone era to the realities of Indo-US nuclear deal, NSSP, TEAM-9, ASEAN and G-8 in this era of an emergent India or not.
Sticking with this archaic policy in these times only continues to bracket India and its military with Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Ghana and numerous other underdeveloped countries and their sub-standard militaries. As this blogger had said earlier in this post, India ought to look at the company it keeps in these missions.