K.N. Hari Kumar’s article “Still relevant after all these years” (Sept. 25) is forthright, insightful, candidly enunciated and well-articulated. Although the western bloc and the U.S. are trying to pull India out of NAM on the ruse of consolidating democratic forces against non-democracies, trying to cut wedges among NAM countries and branding NAM itself as being irrelevant in the post-Cold War era, India has rightly veered round to its justified stand that NAM is still relevant as a collective voice of the erstwhile colonies, a collective and effective tab against the hegemonic imperialism of the western bloc, and an important organisation dedicated to preserving its strategic peace and autonomy. Again, NAM is an essential tool to unite the developing and underdeveloped nations.
The West cannot dictate terms over how developing countries should cooperate among themselves and the organisations they should be a part of. Is America ready to disband its allies? Is it ready to dissolve NATO, which was started with the sole aim of protecting member countries in case of an invasion by the USSR? The USSR is no more in existence, so why should NATO continue?
T. Anand Raj,
There are critics who say that India has deviated from its principles of non-alignment by aligning with one or the other power bloc in times of crisis. The reason why it did this was because no NAM member was capable enough to join hands with India against these major power blocs. Though the U.S. shows the way to the future, the question whether New Delhi should move closer to Washington is irrelevant at this point in time. The increasing strength of NAM, from 25 to 120, shows its importance.
Arun Vijay J.,