Modi’s Israel Visit: Power Politics trumps Justice!

Modi’s Israel Visit: Power Politics trumps Justice!

Narendra Modi is slated to visit Israel in June or July, 2017. The visit follows Israel’s gradual recognition by India and multi- level co-operation in different spheres. In a way the impending is inevitable given the ineluctable drift of relations over a period of time between India and Israel and the overall tenor of world politics and international relations. India, in its quest for ‘Great Power’ status seeks proximity to the West and the United States. This quest is in the nature of validation of India’s ‘Great Power’ status, and deepened co-operation in the domains of both ‘high politics’- defense and security cooperation- and in ‘low politics’ –the spheres of trade and culture. The broader tenor of international politics constitutes a supporting framework for deepened and expanded ties between Israel and India. Because the United States still enjoys a position of relative power and prominence, India would naturally seek to expand ties with the United State’s ally in the Middle East, Israel. There is also economics involved in the ties: Israel has, over time, built a world class, Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) infrastructure and India is close behind. There then is a complementarity for both India and Israel. The expanded ties and the legitimacy that India confers upon Israel by a state visit, reflects how far India has walked from its past foreign policy stances and stands. But, this, in the final analysis, might be mere corollary. The real significance of Modi’s visit lies in its import for the hapless people of Palestine and their cause which appears to be forsaken by the world. Abandoned by Arabs and increasingly the world now, Palestinians stand alone in their struggle for self determination and unshackling themselves from Israel’s brutal and illegitimate occupation. The Indian overture to Israel and deepened and expanded co-operation accords validity to Israel and its violently bullying behaviour towards Palestinians. While India, which initially supported the Palestinians, might be doing what states do- augment and enhance their power by alliances and co-operation , but it is the people of Palestine that are and perhaps will be at the sufferance of Israeli occupation. There is an implicit and explicit lesson in the whole saga: the discipline of International Relations and politics – conceptually, philosophically, and practically- is slanted towards the state and hence interstate relations; it hardly cares about or pays attention to people – their welfare and freedom. It is this lesson that Palestinians must take to heart and make intense and dexterous, shrewd and judicious attempts to carve out a state of their own. It is power and the state that the drift of international politics recognizes and appreciates and it is to power from powerlessness and dispossession that Palestinians must orient their efforts to. India’s gradual recognition of Israel must bring this realization home. It is about time then that Palestinians redouble their efforts to have their own state.

One Response to "Modi’s Israel Visit: Power Politics trumps Justice!"

  1. Bhaijaan   February 3, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    “… it is to power from powerlessness and dispossession that Palestinians must orient their efforts to.”
    It is one of those typically Indian muddleheaded conundrums. “power from powerlessness and dispossession”? Care to explain how such a magic can be wrought?
    Absent in this sermon is an all-too clear allusion to “azaadi-seeking, intifada-waging” crowd in your own neighbourhood: “Look to Palestinians’ exercise in futility!”


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