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Here’s why Turkey, Iran and Malaysia spoke up on Kashmir

15 3 18
24.03.2020

The report in the Economic Times that India has signed a contract with a Turkish firm to build fleet support vessels for the Indian Navy at the Vizag-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited gives much food for thought.

Prima facie, the report is a motivated one. What is so startlingly new about Turkey’s ‘brotherly’ relationship with Pakistan? Tomorrow, Trump too may have one with Imran Khan. Will that mean India should turn ts back on the US?

Fleet support vessels are not exactly super secret stuff. There are fishing boats and luxury yachts that could be more sophisticated. The only surprising part is why India requires someone to make such vessels when it can already build submarines and aircraft carriers. Presumably, Turkey can build the vessels at competitive price and Turks have better technology.

Be that as it may, what takes our breath away is something else — India is partnering with Turkey despite President Recep Erdogan’s unhelpful remarks about the situation in J&K.

Imran Khan astutely created synergy out of it by inserting Kashmir issue as a litmus test of Saudi resolve to champion Muslim issues worldwide

Imran Khan astutely created synergy out of it by inserting Kashmir issue as a litmus test of Saudi resolve to champion Muslim issues worldwide

Now, that is of some significance since Indian diplomacy takes umbrage at any foreign country casting aspersions on the government’s moves to ‘integrate’ J&K.

The ‘normalization’ of relations with Turkey suggests that Indian nerves are no longer on edge. A degree of composure has appeared. It could be because the high-octane campaign by Pakistan on Kashmir issue has fallen flat on the world stage and PM Imran Khan has also mellowed.

For a foreseeable future, he will be struggling with the coronavirus. In this backdrop, unsurprisingly, Delhi decided to revive the advantageous commercial deal with the Turkish firm.

Why........

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