Can India Revive Nonalignment?

Nonaligned seating: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, is received by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Can India Revive Nonalignment?

Nonalignment is an impossible dream, even perilous, for states with big aspirations.

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is leading a large delegation to the summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran this week. A foreign policy of nonalignment – friends to all – is tempting for any state, but particularly for a populous democracy like India. Under Jawaharlal Nehru, India navigated the Cold War with such a policy of nonalignment, balancing ties and trade with both the US and the Soviet Union. But in a more complex and multipolar world, India faces potential threats, even from close neighbors.

Egypt new diplomacy and non aligned movement

Morsi gives solution to Syrian crisis

I wrote yesterday for Asia Times that in Muslim politics such as the event of the summit meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference that was held in Jeddah last week over the Syrian crisis, it is invariably the case that the sub-texts turn out to be more important than the narrative.

The narrative in the present case is well-known; it is well-propagated by the Western (especially American) media and it inevitably trickles down to Indian discourses, namely, that the OIC summit in Jeddah was going to be all about the Saudi-Iranian ‘cold war’.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Iran on August 29

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will travel to Iran on August 29 to attend the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit on the sidelines of which he is expected to meet Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari besides some other foreign leaders.