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BRICS meet in Goa

India-China differences and their discord over Pakistan are among differences in the BRICS that could “capsize” the grouping if the member nations fail to address competition and disagreements among them, Chinese media said today.

 

Increasing Chinese hostility towards India is a matter of some concern… Whether it is UNSC’s expansion or India’s NSG membership or the question of Pakistan-sponsored terrorist attacks in India or CPEC passing through PoK, China has continued to completely ignore our sensitivities even though it runs a hugely favourable trade balance with India.

 

Read the declaration signed at the end of the 8th BRICS Summit organised in Goa, India.

 

Thus while India needs selective alignment to replace non-alignment as economic and political power is redistributed globally, it cannot allow deft balancing to degrade into opportunistic and sequential agreeing with whichever world leader is in town. That is why, as Henry Kissinger, the modern-day Chanakya, wrote, good strategy can brook poor tactics but poor strategy cannot be redeemed.

 

There is irony in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s concentration on Pakistani terrorism at the Goa Brics summit because the more he dwelt on the theme, the more distant became India’s aspiration for a world role, struggling as it seemed to be with a major neighbourhood problem. And the pickings were slim in the form of an anodyne declaration. Of course, everyone is against terrorism.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s failure to distinguish between performance theatre intended for audiences at home and the real business of power has caused India some embarrassment. This is a good time to learn lessons, time for a clear-eyed, unsentimental look at the problem—and for learning some painful lessons.

 

Against this backdrop, if BRICS remains just a ‘talk shop’, it will not only fail to fulfil its true potential but will also wither away under the weight of its contradictions. The Goa summit did little to belie the contention of cynics that BRICS is just an acronym without substance.

 
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ntergovernmental club memberships differ in composition, objective and criteria's - they may exist as forums for propagating specific commercial interests (e.g. G-8, OPEC), common causes (OIC) or reflective of emerging aspirations (Group of Five or BRICS) etc.  
 

The eighth  BRICS Summit, taking place in Goa in India on October 16, 2016  and  attended by the five members of the group, namely  India, China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa, has aroused considerable curiosity  around the world. The curiosity is mainly about whether the BRICS Summit would aid in easing the tension in relationship between India and China due to various issues or whether it would at least help in concealing the differences between both the countries.

 

The BRICS summit meeting in Goa on 15 October will be followed by the out-reach to the BIMSTEC leaders on 16 October and this will be an innovative initiative in regional diplomacy. The aborted SAARC summit that Pakistan was to host is a case in point.

 


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