Passive-Defeatist Attitude, true on the cricket field as in foreign & military policy sphere

The sad and humilating spectacle of Dhoni and his team of losers being bent and beaten by a near new, relatively inexperienced, Australian cricket team  in Melbourne was par for the course. Our “heroes” complemented the Aussies’ “take no prisoner” attitude, with their very own trademark “take us prisoner” response. And the Captain’s explanation was that an Indian team rarely ever starts a test series well, never mind that the batting debacle happened after India was in a winning position right up to the start of the Indian 2nd inning. Alas, the passive-defeatist cricketing  persona also fits the country’s foreign and military policy as well — not really surprised are you? Contextualize cricket and state policy with the heralded statement of the Duke of Wellington (formerly, Colonel Arthur Wellesley, of 44th Madras Foot in Madras Presidency whose, Governor-General was Lord Morningside, Wellesley’s brother!) that “Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.”    Consider the Indian government’s stance regarding China — all Beijing has to do is sneeze for Delhi to get the shivers  and for the MEA to make excuses on China’s behalf. So while the Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, who is engaged in resolving the border dispute with India, tells Islamabad that Pakistan is its “ïron core” friend — a phrase used by the Chinese for its most trustworthy allies, the Dr Manmohan Singh-led regime walks on eggshells, fearful that even talking of military cooperation with the visiting Australian Defence Minister Steve Smith, will anger China, and so is reluctant to parlay with Canberra on the issue! 

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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