India's Quest for Multipolarity: Between the West and the East

– The West is double-dealing with India by talking about value-based alliance but supporting secessionist elements.

India has a long-standing track record of not indulging in political assassinations

and has categorically denied Canada's accusation of killing Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar

The Western moral posture of attacking India on these allegations is hypocritical

especially given its long record of carrying out assassinations on foreign soil in the name of fighting terrorism

Canada, which has no qualms in supporting the killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri without following due process,

has turned a blind eye to repeated requests from India to rein in Khalistani extremism.

– India should place this whole episode in the larger framework of a duplicitous game played by the West for a long time.

On the one hand, we have the Western rhetoric of a value-based natural partnership with India;

– on the other hand, there is a systematic undermining of India through tacit support to secessionist elements and fringe groups.

– Any value-based partnership is void of substance when there is no appreciation of India's sensibility on the issue of its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

– One of the defining features of “rule-based order” is that it is determined by Anglo-Saxon countries.