Behind the 'Russia tilt'

Unpacking India's 'national interest', more than a year after the invasion

Mihir S Sharma
russia, russia-india, india, export

More than a year has passed since the armies of the Russian Federation launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and in this period the Indian government’s apparent determination to remain neutral in the conflict only seems to have intensified. In fact, if anything “neutrality” is a code for “leaning towards Moscow” — since, for example, senior Russian ministers are regularly feted in New Delhi, but similar interactions with Ukraine are, to put it mildly, rare.
There are many reasons that could be given for this choice — and indeed, are given at tedious length and risible self-righteousness by people from government-friendly spokesmen to Sovietophile nostalgists of a certain age. Here are some:
  • It isn’t our business, so why bother taking a position?
  • What did the Ukrainians ever do for us anyway?
  • Where was the West when Indian soldiers died on the Chinese border a few ye
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

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First Published: Apr 23 2023 | 10:18 PM IST

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