The United States of America has always basked in its bluntness and candour. However, what it did recently is something of an "achievement" even by its own tone-deaf standards. On April 7, the US Navy put out a rather quixotic announcement on the official website of its Seventh Naval Fleet stating that one of its ships, USS John Paul Jones, had asserted navigational rights and freedoms approximately 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands inside India's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), without requesting Delhi's prior consent. It went on to declare that the freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) are not about one country, nor are they about making political statements. Several elements of the Seventh Fleet entering Indian waters without permission touch on emotive issues for India with attendant overtones of patriotism. The fact that these FONOPs have happened earlier does not, in any manner, normalise what happened on April 7 — or, for that matter, why the Seventh Fleet courted ignominy half a century ago. https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png Herein hangs a tale. As the Indo-Pakistan conflict over the genocide in the then East Pakistan looked inevitable, US President Richard Nixon and his National Security Adviser (NSA) Henry Kissinger decided that if… Read full this story
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