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Nuclear Neo-racism - The Times of India

M D Nalapat ()
June 1, 1998

Title: Nuclear Neo-racism
Author: M D Nalapat
Publication: The Times of India
Date: June 1, 1998

After 500 years of domination over the earth, the Caucasian races
are finding it difficult to adjust to a universe in which the
lesser breeds challenge their supremacy. The first blow was
struck in 1947 by India, which forced out the British through non-
cooperation and a no-tax campaign. Finally, the colonisers had
to accept the inevitability of withdrawal in an environment in
which fewer and fewer local quislings obeyed their orders. Indian
independence from British rule ignited a firestorm against
European colonisers, which led to their withdrawal from most
colonies by the 1960s. Today, only a handful of entities such as
Diego Garcia and the Falklands remain under western suzerainty.

Turning Point

However, of the four white supremacist immigrant countries, only
one has thus far come under a genuinely multi- racial
administration. This is South Africa, where Nelson Mandela's
emergence has ensured a fairer share in both power and wealth for
hitherto-colonised races. The other three countries still retain
administrations dominated by Caucasians; moreover, they have put
in place immigration regimes that prevent a sufficient inflow of
citizens from Asia, Africa and Latin America. These countries are
Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Just as South Africa once was,
they need to be the target of an international campaign to ensure
that their racial mix more correctly reflects international

It is not a coincidence that it is the Australians, New
Zealanders and the Canadians who served as the shock troops for
the caucasian races recently when 'low-caste' India matched 'high-
caste' technology, and had the gall publicly to demonstrate it on
May 11 and again on May 13. The rhetoric used by these three
countries brought back memories of a century ago, when the
intellectual progenitors of the Axworthys and the Downers were
inventing justifications for the continued exploitation of the
esser breeds.

Sadly for such individuals as Jamie Rubin, who made disparaging
remarks about Indian lead the world has changed somewhat since
the first half of this century. If India's accession to freedom
on August 15,1947, marked a turning point in international
relations, then so did the two rounds of tests in May this year.
Pokhran-II showed that a country that had been starved of access
to sophisticated technology by the US and other western powers,
could by its own efforts catch up to them. Unlike the "Pakistani"
bomb - which is a China-created device and whose detonation was
intended to help persuade India to retrace its path of
technological advancement - the Indian nuclear and missile
programme is indigenous. Not accidentally, "international
opinion,' (which is how the BBC describes the US-UK perspective)
tacitly condoned the decades of Sino-Pakistan collaboration,
while continuously striving to force India to "cap, roll back and
destroy" its nuclear and missile programme.

Should a genuine non-proliferation treaty get negotiated - one
that blocks transfer of strategic technology between borders -
India can be expected to sign up. However, it cannot accept any
slowdown in its drive to become a technological superpower. The
more the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries
try and impose an international caste system that puts India in
the role of Ekalavya, the greater will be New Delhi's motivation
to challenge the policy of technological apartheid. In this,
Beijing can soon be expected to become an ally, as also the
fiercely nationalistic post-Yeltsin Russia that is waiting to be
born. ]be Gulf and even Pakistan can in course of time be
expected to sign up, as can the peoples of countries that were
former colonies. Within South America - notably in Mexico and
Brazil - there is a new pride in indigenous culture.

Racial Tolerance

This is the strategic alternative m the event of the caucasian
powers attempting to destroy the Indian economy - and with that
the country's unity - through sanctions. However, there is no
doubt that this is a less attractive alternative than a strategic
alliance with the democracies of the western world. Western
society today is very different from what it was during the
colonial era. Extensive travel and generous immigration Policies
in much of Europe and the United States have resulted in a change
in societal attitudes. Despite the skinheads, the dominant mood
in major western countries such as Britain, France and Germany is
racial tolerance.

Even during the struggle against colonial oppression, many of the
most active participants were themselves caucasians. Annie
Besant, Madeleine Slade and others come to mind. Today, that
liberal trend is slowly elbowing out the racists, though in some
sections of the media, attitudes of caste superiority remain
strong. Media commentators, however, are not half as offensive as
Robin Cook or Madeleine Albright, both of whom evidently believe
themselves to be schoolteachers ordering around a cowed set of
truant children. Thanks to such "diplomats", the western world
may forfeit as an ally a country that is the Mother Civilisation
of the West's cultural inheritance.

Far-reaching Results

However, there is an Indian saying that there can be true
friendship only between equals. If President Clinton truly feels
that nuclear weapons are an abomination in the emerging century,
he should initiate steps to follow his own advice to India, and
unilaterally destroy the US strategic arsenal. It is ludicrous to
hear the president of the world's most weaponised country preach
abstinence, just as it is to hear the BBC fulminate against
"immoral" India, when they have yet to mention that Britain (who
perhaps faces a strategic threat from France) is a nuclear-
weapon state, and therefore as culpable. Should the western
powers continue their current tirade against this country, then
New Delhi cannot be blamed for turning away from cooperation with
them to a policy that returns to its anti-colonial roots.

The events of the coming years will have incalculable
consequences on the future international balance of power, for
they will determine the strategic direction taken by an India
that will inevitably take its pride of place in the international

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