India Cannot Afford to Be ‘Left’ out

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The Left Front of India comprising Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Forward Bloc has made it a point to criticize India whenever there is a whiff of India collaborating with the West especially the US. (Read news report).

However, the Left fails to see the gains India likely to make with being in the right side of US which is the only superpower in the world today. In a rapidly changing world, India can not afford to end up in the losing side as happened with the Cold War. Besides, both the US and India have common values like democracy, secularism, freedom of expression and issues ranging from all across the board. India can not place its bet on support from volatile nations like Iran (who was snubbed in the recent IAEA vote by India much to the Left’s dismay) and to some extent Russia (that was recently ranked as a state that is dangerously close to fail).

The Left should appreciate the fact that in the present world, both the US and India have common enemies in the form of terrorists and terror sponsoring nations. With the US by its side, it can at least tackle the Pakistani military junta that is actively engaged in anti-India terror campaign and the growing military power of China.

Then, there are other major issues India need to tackle. With being an US ally, it can gain major technological knowledge in fields of cutting-edge research, agriculture, nuclear power, aero-space etc. Without this, India’s overall development will be jeopardized and the dream of seeing India as a major economic and military power and becoming a developed nation in next 15-20 years would just remain so – a dream.