- India Deals a Blow to US’ ‘Democracy’ Narrative
by Xia Wenxin, https://www.globaltimes.cn/index.html
Since the beginning of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, India’s neutral stance over this issue has irritated many Western countries. During his tour of Europe this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to explain India’s position on Ukraine to EU leaders, according to German media Deutsche Welle.
On Tuesday, Denmark’s Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, urged her visiting Indian counterpart to try to “influence Russia” to end the war. However, no change of tone on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict has been heard from New Delhi.
A “democratic” nation recognized by the West should stand with them, but India is not doing so. Against this backdrop, Washington is trying to use its old trick to divide the world into blocs under its “democratic or authoritarian” narrative while keeping pressuring New Delhi.
India, the world’s “largest democracy” as Washington has been trying to portray, has parted ways with the US and its core Western allies over the Ukraine crisis. It is, instead maintaining ties with one of Washington’s “authoritarian” rivals to advance its own interests. This is a huge blow to the US’s threadbare democracy card.
Even though Washington keeps claiming that Kiev is engaging in a battle to “defend democracy for their nation and for the world,” such self-deceptive rhetoric can only fool Americans that have been deeply misled by American politicians. It’s clear to all that the war in Ukraine is provoked by Washington to defend US’ geopolitical and economic interests.