It is too much to expect India to emulate Brazil whose President Dilma Rousseff has called off her state visit to Washington to express her country’s displeasure at the National Security Agency’s spying excesses (“Brazil shows the way,” Sept. 20) Brazil is in a mood to assert its sovereignty but India is in a surrender mode.
In 1960, the Soviet Union exposed the United States by shooting down an American U-2 spy plane flying over its airspace. Nikita Khrushchev demanded an apology from Dwight Eisenhower just before the Big Four summit in Paris started. Eisenhower rejected the demand and the summit ended.
Fast forward to 2013 — the U.S. launches a spy programme across the world. Brazil President Rousseff calls off her visit to the U.S. Only the place and actors change; history remains the same.