Russia Expert Doctorow Considers India’s Role Equal to China’s in Ending Unipolar World
March 5, 2022 (EIRNS)—Gilbert Doctorow, one of the world’s foremost experts on Russian affairs, wrote today on his blog that, as important as the Feb. 4 Vladimir Putin-Xi Jinping Joint Declaration was for giving Putin the back-up to confront the U.S./U.K./NATO effort to place NATO weapons on Russia’s border, Putin’s Dec. 6, 2021 visit to India was of equal importance. There, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ignored the massive pressure from the U.S. and proceeded in expanding the Indian purchase of Russian military hardware, including the S-400 air defense system.
“I would stress that the visit to India was no less important to Moscow than the visit to Beijing. Whereas the United States has for the past five years been applying ever greater efforts to decouple from China and to implement a variety of military, political and economic policies to ‘contain’ the P.R.C., it has been at equally great pains to woo India away from its decades long friendship with Russia and to bring Delhi into active participation in the plans for ‘Indo-Pacific’ defense directed against the People’s Republic of China.”
He points to the fact that India refused to vote for the U.S. resolutions at the extraordinary UN General Assembly denouncing Russia. He concludes:
“The new bipolar world is a vast improvement on global U.S. hegemony over the past 30 years, which resulted in endless wars, in the death of millions of civilians and of whole national economies in places like Libya, Syria, Afghanistan in senseless and hopeless U.S. striving to remake the world in its image in keeping with the promises of the neo-conservative ideology set out very efficiently by Francis Fukuyama in The End of History in 1992. Far from being the defenders of the status quo, the United States used its moment of unfettered power to artificially accelerate the historic trends towards liberal democracy that it believed were destined to bring universal peace in some indefinite future.”