Not only does the US want to fight China to the last Indian, but now it’s implied that it wants countless Indians to potentially starve to death in order to feed America’s vassal states across the Global South whose governments it hopes to uphold for political reasons. Put another way, the US would prefer for Indians to die than for American-aligned governments in the Global South to fall in the face of famine-driven protests.
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield is aghast that India announced that it’s restricting wheat exports. In her words, “We are encouraging countries not to restrict exports because we think that any restriction on exports will exacerbate the food shortages. But you’ve again – India will be one of the countries participating in our meeting at the Security Council and we hope they can, as they hear our concerns, reconsider their position.” This is perhaps the most arrogant form of pressure that America has attempted to impose upon India since it started this trend to punish New Delhi for its policy of principled neutrality towards Russia’s ongoing special military operation in Ukraine.
It’s one thing for its officials to rant about how India is supposedly on the wrong side of history for not publicly condemning or sanctioning Russia and another entirely to imply that it has no right to ensure domestic food security for the over 1.3 billion people that its government is responsible for. The US’ campaign to pressure India into abandoning its neutrality was already dead on arrival, but now America is making matters worse by attempting to meddle in the literally life-and-death affairs of its people. Average Indians might understandably begin to regard the US’ intentions with the utmost suspicion and perhaps never trust their country’s newfound military-strategic partner again.
After all, every country has the right to ensure domestic food security. It’s not India’s fault that one of the most far-reaching consequences of the US-led West’s unprecedented sanctions against Russia is the global disruption of the food supply chain and heightened risk of famine across the Global South. As the world’s second most populous country that many predict will soon take first place, India has a responsibility not just to its own people, but to the entire international community to prevent the collapse of its society that would obviously have global repercussions if it happened. Instead of condemning India’s food security strategy, the US should enthusiastically praise it.
The very fact that it isn’t doing this, however, shows that Indian lives literally don’t matter to American strategists. Not only does the US want to fight China to the last Indian, but now it’s implied that it wants countless Indians to potentially starve to death in order to feed America’s vassal states across the Global South whose governments it hopes to uphold for political reasons. Put another way, the US would prefer for Indians to die than for American-aligned governments in the Global South to fall in the face of famine-driven protests. That’s not the attitude of an actual ally, but of a hegemon that’s shamelessly putting its own strategic interests over its supposed partner’s legitimate humanitarian ones.
Average Indians should reflect on the dire implications of what the US wants their country to do and then consider reassessing their stance towards that declining hegemon. It’s one thing to continue liking American culture and technological products, and another to continue supporting its unipolar worldview that it hopes to impose upon everyone else at their expense regardless of however many have to die. No genuinely patriotic individual anywhere in the world can support a foreign country that wants their own people to die in order to serve its interests. America’s soft power mask just slipped when it implied this demand upon India, whose people are now able to see its true face and realize what it’s all about.