Friday, April 08, 2005

INDIA: Desperate hour - Western diplomats are giving up on the country

Russia it is not, after Vladmir Putin, on a state visit, poured cold water over India’s claim for permanent membership of and veto rights in the UN Security Council. Pressed by his horrified hosts, and a most embarrassed foreign minister, Natwar Singh, Putin claimed he was misreported, but Russia’s stand did not change. Subsequently, every backer of India’s claim for a permanent UN Security Council seat backed out, the last China, this week, and embarrassingly again days ahead of premier Wen Jiabao’s visit.Ignominy is coming heaped like a multilayered truffle cake. More