|Suhasini Haidar: Gunning for Libya|
Suhasini Haidar: Gunning for Libya
Why Indias abstention from the UN Security Councils no-fly vote against Libya is pragmatic policyThe Indian tricolour in Tripoli harbour – amid all the chaos and violence of Libya’s current crisis – was perhaps the most incongruous image of all. Yet, it was also the most reassuring image for hundreds of Indians bound for the INS Jalashwa, the naval warship that had travelled ten days from Karwar port to take out the last of 15,000 Indian evacuees from the Libyan capital. Interestingly, India was one of the only three countries – Turkey and South Korea being the others – allowed to bring a military ship right into Tripoli. Countries like Germany, China, UK and Greece were made to wait on the high seas by the Gaddafi regime and allowed only to escort passenger ferries carrying nationals on board. India also got unprecedented clearances to operate 47 Air India sorties. This is one of many signs of India’s particular standing in this West Asian-North African (WANA) country.