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BJP says one thing at party meet, another in private

Suresh Nambath
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The Hindu

Leaders ask U.S. diplomats not to read too much into harsh views expressed in foreign policy resolution.

A December 2005 cable, sent by Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Blake, offers the interesting reading that when it comes to foreign policy and India-U.S. relations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are birds of the same feather and the BJP's rhetoric criticising the United Progressive Alliance's ‘subservience' to the United States is “only political rhetoric meant to score points against the UPA.”

The BJP, at its National Executive meeting in Mumbai on December 26 and 27, 2005, criticised the UPA government for adopting a foreign policy that was “subservient” to the U.S. But soon after the party passed this foreign policy resolution, its leaders privately told American diplomats not to read too much into it.

In the cable sent on December 28, 2005 (48692: confidential) Mr. Blake said: “In a private conversation on December 28, BJP National Executive Member Seshadiri Chari urged us ‘not to read too much into the foreign policy resolution, especially the parts relating to the US.' Chari dismissed the statement as ‘standard practice' aimed at scoring easy political points against the UPA. BJP spokesman Prakash Javdekar echoed these statements, saying that the BJP was not really upset about the US/India relationship, but merely wanted the GOI [Government of India] and USG [United States Government] to be more forthcoming about any deal on nuclear policy.”

Mr. Blake came up with this analysis of the BJP's motives and actions: “The regional policy statements are standard BJP boilerplate, but the party adopted a peculiarly harsh view towards US/India relations. BJP insiders assured us privately that the statements were only political rhetoric meant to score points against the UPA. It is not unusual for domestic political considerations to take precedence over foreign policy in India, and the BJP decided there was little risk of negative fallout with the USG.”

He concluded that the BJP out of power was more interested in UPA-bashing than in nurturing the U.S.-India relationship. “There is lingering sensitivity among portions of the Indian electorate regarding possible ‘subservience' to the US, and a nationalist party like the BJP can energize its core membership by asserting Indian independence. BJP leaders do not seem overly concerned about the repercussions of their anti-US rhetoric, convinced that a few well-placed private assurances will mollify the USG.”

UPA govt. has been looting the people's money eversince they came in power. Showing their submissiveness to the U.S, signing big deals to get bigger margins in their bank accounts. Scam after scam is the proof of UPA's dedication for standing by their name, unitedly progressing for their personal gains.

from:  M.R
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011 at 17:22 IST

The poor and the downtrodden people in India today have no voice. Even the Left parties in Kerala and West Bengal have abandoned them. The sway of the market economy on the political mind in the country is unbelievable. In such an economy, the opportunity for the politicians in power to amass wealth is so great that even the erstwhile socialist and communist leaders have lost their ideological moorings. India's overall political allegiance to the United States is therefore understandable'

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011 at 06:29 IST

BJP must be ashamed of this revelation. At the time of signing the Indo-US nuclear deal, the party had suggested the ruling government had sold India's interests to the US. Now, after this revelation, they are defending by claiming not to have backstabbed the government. This is the height of hypocrisy BJP is known for. Hope the principal opposition realizes its responsibilities and plays a constructive role in writing India's future.

from:  Rayapeddi
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011 at 05:35 IST

BJP is more nation-centric whereas Congress is nothing but corruption-centric. We need party (BJP) who has interest in our people but not a party (Congress) for looting the nation.

from:  arun
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011 at 03:37 IST

If a man shouts too much in a place means that he is illegaly hiding something.... He makes a big fuss about it. This is just to divert the attention of thre other... sothat, his fault may not be exposed. Only a thief knows all kinds of mischieves.... So also, BJP wasted 4 days of Parlimentary process, just by shouting at the Wikileages... in order that its fault in INDO-US foriegn policy may not come out and so BJP wanted to show it is MR.PURE. But, truth cannot be hidden for long. BJP has put sand on its own face. This is only a sample.

from:  FR.John Edison
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011 at 03:12 IST

I appreciate this series published by 'The Hindu'. It is the responsibility of reputed journals like 'The Hindu' to disseminate the truth in an unbiassed way to the public. Sadly, however, it is a common knowledge that all political parties in any country serve their own individual self interests first. Further, what 'The Hindu' has published in this article is not surprising. Left parties' outdated ideas have been long rejected by India and elsewhere and are pretty much irrelevant to world politics and welfare now. Any thing that is not 'LEFT' is not two sides of the same coin. Clearly, a more proper analysis would reveal that BJP and Congress are NOT two sides of the same coin. They may both believe that a better India-US relation is good for India. However, in the absence of BJP, India would not even have a 'self-image' and I can say that BJP pretty much defined 'What India is' during the tenure of ex-Prime Minister Vajpayee. Though it may not be moral to stall the nuclear agreement just because BJP cannot take the true credit for its vision and child (the nuclear deal), what Congress has done with reference to buying votes is ethically unacceptable.

from:  Jayanth
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011 at 02:42 IST

BJP stands exposed. Those who live by the sword, die by the sword. They went after the PM aksing for resignation based on hearsay of some diplomat talking to some power broker without due diligence. Now the joke is on them.

from:  Sameer Pathak
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011 at 01:29 IST

Unless genuine leaders in the Left Front assert themselves, the Left Front cannot expand in spite of fertile grounds for Leftism in India.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011 at 01:17 IST

The USG apparently was worried what would happen to the Nuke deal if the BJP came back to power at the center. Chari has tried to assure the US Diplomat that BJP's rhetoric criticising the United Progressive Alliance's 'subservience' to the United States was a 'standard practice'..... the words that follow .."aimed at scoring easy political points' are not in inverted commas in the origianl text as it appears in 'The Hindu'. Evidently then, these were words put in Chari's mouth by the US Diplomat. Sir, yours is a renowned and respected publication -- so please be much more discrete in giving loud and drawing cartoons aimed to damn somebody.Then, the US Diplomat expresses his opinion that Javadekar 'echoed these statements' . What Javadekar really said was, "the BJP was not really upset about the US/India relationship, but merely wanted the GOI and USG to be more forthcoming about any deal on nuclear policy" --- as it appears on 'The Hindu's Website. Sir, how can Javadekar's statement be deemed as echoing Chari's 'standard practice' comment ? The US Diplomat's understanding/interpreting people's comments and/or his style of commenting is highly questionable. Chari and Javadekar have sincerely tried to assure the US that there would be continuity in India's foreign policy, even if BJP were to return back to power in the next elections.This cannot even remotely be deemed a 'Crime' --- unlike Satish Sharma showing Rs.50 Crore cash and Amar Singh subsequently getting nailed by CNN-IBN's sting operation video footage. One thing is 100% certain though -- the Congress is reading every word of Wikileaks on The Hindu's Website --- and believing it too!

from:  Brijesh Goswami
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 23:28 IST

I have to really congratulate 'The Hindu' for putting this news also without any political bias like many other news paper does. Please continue to do so and Please do not post stupid news like SRK did that Salman did this.

from:  Christy
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 21:27 IST

If I remember correctly the BJP once told the Communists on a TV channel that they are pro-America and are opposed to the deal because it meant subservience of Indian interests to American ones. Now let's be frank - subservience is one thing and being an ally is another. The BJP stands for India being an ally of the US, while the UPA stands for being subservient to US business and other interests. Many TV channels are today having headlines of "BJP double standard", "BJP hypocrisy"; in order to defend the UPA. It is high time that this UPA government under the Congress stepped down and allowed elections. If India want's to be a superpower, it has to learn the definition of being an ally and a subservient servant. I have seen the BJP government's foreign policy and the UPA's. No matter how much the media speaks against the BJP, its foreign policy gave us Indians a reason to be proud, and vision to look forward to. The UPA's only makes me wonder whether we know where we going to in the future.

from:  Apaaraa
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 18:29 IST

The BJP and Congress are just two sides of a coin. Their pro-US policy is exposed. Nuclear deal was meant to spread business of dying Nuclear plants supplier companies of US and other developed countries. Our government is on duty for the benefit of US economy. It hardly bothers about the rising prices of almost all commodities. Mr Pawar has a view that the prices of food grains and vegetables can't be brought down. Mr. Manmohan Singh is leading the world's most corrupt government. It is high time to think about the possibilities to shift the powers to Left. They had vehemently opposed nuclear deal for the interest of common man. They had cornered Manmohan Singh on all the common man's issues. Please bring them in power in Kerala and WB. India will follow afterwards. Save our country from the evils of Congress and BJP.

from:  Sanjeev
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 17:37 IST

These cables improve the image of BJP/ RSS rather than damaging it, like the damage to UPA/ Mr. Clean's 'image' (if there ever was any). BJP has always been pro- business / capitalism and therefore pro- US/ UK/ France/ Canada/ Germany/ Japan/ Australia etc etc. But they did not at any time seek favors from the Americans while selling their mother- land or buying votes for cash.

from:  Shailendram
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 15:59 IST

They are clearly saying that 'they are not really representing the interest of the people', 'ready to sell Indians'-'if we get elected saying we are to represent the interest of people.'

from:  Marudha
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 15:33 IST

I like LKA's posture which is expected of a seasoned politician unlike the arrogance of some of the younger crowd in the ruling party. LKA's views can just not be faulted except by the Left who will see this as another Cong like view. Historically, we have drawn aplenty from the Americans from their revolution to the current capitalistic thought process. Much of our current buoyancy in the IT sector is US driven. Most aspirations of young India including Left ruled states are US centric. This explains why anti US rhetorics don't cut much ice with Indian voters anymore. Gone are the days of cold war when anti-US sentiments rode high especially after the 2 Indo-Pak wars. Lets hope US doesn't repeat the mistakes of the 60's and 70's.

from:  Sudesh
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 15:27 IST

'The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are birds of the same feather' - and we were all fools led to think that BJP was different in the 90's. Infact I was reading the other day about a Shiv Sena (which is a BJP ally) leaders comment praising Gavaskar that he helped select many Marathis and after him no is doing pushing in Marathis inside the national cricket team. Where is honesty then? They are all the same.

from:  Anandh
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 15:13 IST

It is wrong to assume that India and the USA are fundamentally averse to each other. Capitalism works perfectly with the Indian mindset of exploitation to get richer. Look at how each Indian grabs the opportunity to grow rich at ANY cost. USA's democracy works better than India's, but our masses are more likely to elect more leaders who will continue to allow corruption, as long as there is enough 'opportunity' coming down the line!

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 13:08 IST

It is an accurate reporting of the BJP's apparently contradicting postures.But so far as anti-US stance is concerned it is not BJP but the RSS that has elements that don't want India and US to be too close.

from:  Krish
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 12:38 IST

Not a secret. It is long known that BJP and Congress are just different sides of same coin. The only exception among Indian political parties, when it comes to the policy towards US, is the Left. Nothing explains the failure of left parties to grow into a big pan India party, especially when the land of India offers much fertility and manure for growth of democratic communism. Just as the Congress and BJP, the Left too have its share of feudalism and cronie capitalism. Unless the masses protest, there is no place in the party for leaders who have support of the masses - see the case of VS in Kerala.

from:  KVSKumar
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 11:03 IST

All the political parties should know to distinguish between aiming at good Indo-American relations and blabbering before their American friends. It is the latter which have come to the fore thanks to the publication by 'The Hindu' and on which neither the PM nor the FM has anything meaningful to tell the public and the parliament. Now in addition to worrying about our enemies around we need to be watchful of our loquacious loud-mouths among our ministers, civil servants and party functionaries. .

from:  S Subramanyan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 09:07 IST

UPA- Works for US at the interest of Nation, buying votes with corruption money at the cost of the livelihood of thousands of poor. In a way, directly responsible for the continuation of poverty, corruption, communalism, etc. BJP - The alternative for UPA doesn't seem much better either. Painted with Saffron by UPA and Media. Now seem to do the same that UPA does, when it come to foreign policy, crawling at the feet of US. Whether, it sacrificed National Interests for US interests, is a debatable question. I would strongly urge 'The Hindu' to dig more on this. The Left - Is likely to catapult the country towards Chinese. However, Strobe Talbott's memoir seems to put NDA in a better light. In any case, I strongly believe with all the political parties in the same boat, there is no hope for our citizens until the obtain their recall rights, with no strings attached.

from:  Sivasathivel Kandasamy
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 06:01 IST
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