India’s bid to join NSG

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Dear Editor,
As expected India’s bid in 26th plenary meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) held in Seoul, South Korea concluded on Friday without any fruitful result owing to uncooperative and adamant attitude shown by several members countries particularly by China.
China disappointed us despite visit of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Beijing and bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narender Modi and China President Xi Jipint in Tashkant to get NSG support ahead of plenary meeting at Seol. It is not only great setback to foreign policy of NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narender Modi but to also USA, one of the greatest superpower of the world, which made all out efforts to convince members countries of NSG to join India as exceptional case.It may be recalled that both India and Pakistan are non signatory of Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and both are applicants of NSG membership owing to its several benefits, but Pakistan’s case meanwhile not taken up by the group on Thursday. Besides, China, several countries like Brazil, Turkey, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland raised NPT question thereby scuttling India’s chances.
This was also a complete shock for India as country like Switzerland, who had earlier extended its complete support, opposed India’s bid citing it being a non NPT state. Only silver lining in this move was that India could manage support of at least 32 countries out of 48 members, but the NSG’s action are governed by consensus and not by majority.
So India has to wait for some more time to gain membership of NSG. Despite facing odd situation, India should continue to get support of all countries to get membership and not sign NPT under pressure as it would be suicidal effort as India’s position is like a sandwich between two hostile neighbours.
P.R.Mahotra
Kunjwani, Jammu

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