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India isn’t really ‘non-aligned’ and doesn’t fit with NAM, which has no relevance today

In episode 462 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explores the history of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and its relevance in today's bipolar world where India is a natural ally to US.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a virtual Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit Monday night. This raises the question of whether India should still be in the movement or not. India is a natural ally of the US and no country, including India, disputes this. 

The NAM, which was essentially formed as an anti-American organisation during the Cold War, has lost all relevance today.

Even during the Cold War, India was not strictly non-aligned. Most members of NAM were once inclined towards the Soviet Union.  

NAM’s importance has been downgraded since the end of the Cold War. Most of its chairmen were dictators of third world countries including the present chairman Ilham Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan.

Most members today don’t have anywhere else to speak, so they speak at NAM. 

China has an observer status in the organisation, which is odd since it is one of the two superpowers in the world. 

Also read: Modi had turned his back on NAM and SAARC. Covid brings them back on his table

Was India even Non-Aligned? 

India should have walked away from NAM much earlier, since it was never really non-aligned. However, even PM Modi’s government seems to have a fatal attraction to the Nehruvian-Indira Gandhi Left, globalist past.

Nothing is named after Americans in Lutyens Delhi while so many streets are named after people who were against US. 

We have named streets after leaders who are no longer honoured by their own countries. We even have a street named after Josip Broz Tito, former president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, while anything named after Tito in Slovenia is unconstitutional.

Many streets were named in exchange for streets in other countries named after Indians such as Mahatma Gandhi or Nehru. 

New Delhi’s streets don’t even honour our own leaders properly. There is no street named after scientists in Lutyens Delhi. Mumbai does much better in honouring Indians than Delhi. 

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