India rejects NATO plus: India has rejected America’s offer to join NATO Plus, which is considered a major setback for the Biden administration ahead of PM Modi’s US visit.
India has made it clear that it has no intention of joining the Western-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has said that the NATO military alliance is “not suitable for India”.
Let us tell you that NATO is a military alliance of 31 countries, which includes 29 European countries and two North American countries. It is an intergovernmental military alliance whose main objective is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.
India’s refusal to join NATO
India has refused to join NATO at a time when a powerful committee of the US Congress made a strong recommendation to include India in NATO Plus. The committee of the US Congress had said that a strong effort should be made to include India in NATO Plus in Asia.
NATO Plus, an extension of NATO itself, includes Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, and South Korea, and is a security system that receives technological, intelligence, and weapons support from NATO.
Bringing India on board will facilitate seamless intelligence sharing between these countries and India will be able to access the latest military technology in no time. However, rejecting the proposal, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that “NATO’s blueprint does not apply to India”.
Significantly, this suggestion came from America before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to America.
Why America wanted India to be a part of NATO?
America believes that India should join the NATO alliance to protect its borders from its neighboring country China. Furthermore, by joining the US-led coalition, India will be able to strengthen global security and deter CCP aggression in the Indo-Pacific region.
The resolution, which was proposed by a select committee of the US Congress, said that “It is necessary to win strategic competition with the Chinese Communist Party and ensure the security of Taiwan, so the United States demands that our allies and security partners, including India, strengthen ties with”.
The US Congressional Select Committee further stated that “India’s inclusion in the NATO Plus security arrangement will build a closer US-India partnership to strengthen global security and deter CCP aggression in the Indo-Pacific.”
What does India think about NATO?
In contrast, India has said that it will not join the alliance, as India alone is capable of countering any Chinese aggression.
Apart from this, India has been of the belief that it will not be a part of any such alliance, whose purpose will be to resolve any issue through military means. India has been at the forefront of the Non-Aligned Movement since its inception. However, India has made a slight change in its stand and India has said that it will see its interest first.
But, if India becomes a part of this alliance, it will have to repeatedly become a part of the wars that America starts. Like the Afghanistan war, in which all 30 NATO countries were involved, whether they intended to join the war or not.
Also, if India becomes a part of NATO, then India’s relations with Russia will deteriorate, which India does not want.
Whereas, a US Congressional committee recommended, that “the United States should strengthen the NATO Plus arrangement to include India. The United States should strengthen diplomatic relations by supporting Taiwan’s participation in international organizations and by amending the TAIPEI Act.” Resistance must also be strengthened so that the United States, together with its allies and partners, publicly opposes any attempt by the CCP to deliberately resolve Taiwan’s sovereignty status”.