Rakesh wrote:Karan M wrote:4. No F-35 (I still don't understand why)
There is a significant trust deficit between India and the US. It is still very much a transactional relationship and not a strategic relationship at all. America needs to drop the I-Am-Still-Emperor mentality, despite being $21 trillion in debt. It is unsustainable for them. They will eventually collapse, if they continue on this path.
If they want to seriously tackle the Dragon, they need to drop these nonsensical agreements like COMCASA. Stop playing Emperor and start thinking of partnership in the true meaning of the term. Stop molly coddling Pakistan and then ask for strategic partnership with India. That will not work. Stop shooting yourself in the foot (which they habitually did during the SEF contest) by putting out statements that are guaranteed to make them lose. Stop with the pompous lectures on human rights and religious rights in India and take care of your own backyard first ---> the "gun" problem, racial strife with non-whites, police brutality, etc...the list goes on.
Adopting the term from former US President Bill Clinton, "There is nothing wrong with India, that cannot be cured with what is right in India." Partner with us and make it better for both nations and for the world as a whole.
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam --> The world is one family
IMVHO, this is the root of all our problems and it limits our thinking.
"Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam --> The world is one family"
We are talking of weapons and weapon systems and we traditionally close all arguments and talks/addresses/discussions by this one statement as though it is the panacea, the solution to all the worlds problems.
It just doesn't compute. Ideally and if it were truly "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam --> The world is one family" and everyone subscribed to that view, we wouldn't need any weapons.
It is like the declaration of a unilateral "cease fire" in cashmere "to better celebrate ramzan" even though the terrorists and the hardliner separatists haven't asked for it but the J&K CM wants the IA to unilaterally do it.
She would never dare ask the terrorists and the hardliner separatists to declare it first and guarantee it.
If not provoked by the terrorists and the hardliner separatists regrouping or fired upon by the jehadis, IA simply would not retaliate, period.
We should be practical and pragmatic. Carry the big stick, use swiftly when provoked and keep the powder always dry.
We should only talk the "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam --> The world is one family" concept when the others have clearly understood it.