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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

India and Iran, oh my!

The Deccan Chronicle reports on a meeting between India's "national security advisor" and Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

India is a nuclear power, and Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. India's economic development requires oil, the continued availability of which is open to speculation based on what is going on in the Middle East these days. One might think majority Hindu and officially secular India would be reluctant to support a religiously bigoted (to say the least) Muslim Iran but the Indians need the oil and it's not as if the U.S. has given India much love since the Bush administration.

It might seem unrelated but with a billion people, India needs a lot of food, too. Iran hasn't got any food to sell India, but it does have oil. And both oil and food are getting expensive these days. So how would India be able to pay a nuclearly needy Iran for oil, if it needs to use its cash for food?

1 comment:

waseem said...

Indian historical foriegn relations have been defining her as a friendly nation with all most all the countries with an exception of one or two. India has always promoted peace by almost no intervention in the local affairs of other countries and by improving solid trade relations with the countries like Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other GCC nations. On one hand India fully leverages its hostoric and cultural ties with these nations to meet the local demand for energy and oil resources; on the hand she maintains to extend support to the UN for taking actions against IRAN or IRAQ for the things she thinks are unacceptable to the peaceful co-existance. India could have easily given refuge to Saddam Hussain or his deputy Tariq Aziz but she chose not to. In this context of strengthing relationship between India and Iran (ofcourse not by the means of war, like other powerful nations have historically adopted),hence, does not look anykind of foul play at all. It is just taking care of mutual national necessaties and creating more and more opportunities of trade resulting in peace and prosperity.