Saturday, November 05, 2005
Kick Natwar out to remain in race for UNSC seat
Well I have to do it again! I have to yet again put Manmohan Singh on the mat. I guess he's making far too many mistakes these days and I can't help but point them out. However I must admit his control over these matters is only as good as mine! But I will kick him nevertheless! Okay, now its the turn of Natwar Singh to embarrass him. We Indians living in utopia would expect "Mr.Clean" Manmohan Singh to order a "real" probe and bring to justice, Natwar's Singh son Jagat Singh and his friend. We would also expect him to get rid of Natwar Singh who allowed his son to use his position as head of Congress Party's foreign affair cell to indulge in the Iraq Oil-for-food scam. And by doing all this, he would save India from a potential diplomatic nightmare. But since we only have the "real" Manmohan Singh, I very much doubt such things happening. Already he has given a clean chit to Natwar even without reading the report (only to qualify his response two days later). Unfortunately this scandal has far greater consequence for India than having yet another tainted minister in the cabinet. Afterall if we can have a rapist (Md Taslimudin), fodder scam accused on bail (Laloo Yadav) and an absconder (Jai Prakash Yadav) in the Union Ministry, what more harm can Natwar Singh do. But the problem is, Iraq Oil Scam is the mightiest stick with which US is planning to whack the UN. And India will do well not to put its head in the way. For several years now India has been (rather unnecessarily) running after a UN Security Council Seat. And with his now customary haphazard response, Manmohan Singh may seriously jeopardize India's long term interests. Consider the situation. We are demanding the reform of the UN and have the man who himself is part of UN's single biggest scandal ever as our Foreign Minister! How on hell will he argue India's case? We advertise ourselves as a great contributor to UN but the nations ruling party is threatening to sue the UN itself! (Its another matter that India's Permanent representative to UN, Nirupam Sen is begging every top dog in Delhi to prevent such a diplomatic disaster). We will go to the extent of ditching long term ally Iran to save the Indo-US nuclear deal and further the cause of India's most important foreign office wing (US). On the other hand we will allow Natwar Singh to continue because he is the most "Anti-US" minister in the cabinet. He said as much to the media and has bought support from the left because of this. (Left incidentally is out picketing an IAF base in Kalaikunda against the presence of US Airforce personnel for the air exercises. Well, I'm not commenting on this story for fear of using un-paliamentary language!) How this self-declared "Anti-US" minister is going to handle US relations in a very crucial period (congressional debate on the nuclear deal and Bush's upcoming visit) is anybody's guess. Even setting aside India's interests which I doubt this government cares about, it should to do well to save its own skin before the winter session of parliament. Else we can expect the BJP to wreck the session, and they have every right to do so! So for heaven's sake, Dr. Singh, get rid of Natwar and put someone else (how about Manishankar Aiyar?) in that important office in the South block.