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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

India loses political credibility in anti-Iran vote

[b]India loses political credibility in anti-Iran vote[/b]

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

[b]United Nations, 01 October, (IPS):[/b] India, a country that aspires to be a superpower in Asia, lost its political credibility among the world's developing nations last week when it voted against Iran at a meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

The headline in a leading Indian national newspaper said it all: "India's shameful vote against Iran."

The criticism kept snowballing, as the media, academics and mainstream and left-wing politicians in New Delhi crucified the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for abandoning one of its longtime political and economic allies in Asia.

The disputed IAEA resolution, backed aggressively by the United States and the 25-member European Union, threatened to penalise Iran even though it has still not been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the Iranians are in the process of building a nuclear weapon.

The tragedy of it is that while the Western world stood firm in its flawed conviction, the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement split ranks.

"India was the worst offender," says one Asian diplomat, "because it cast a negative vote, instead of taking the path of least resistance by abstaining."

Still, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Algeria, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam and Yemen were among the non-Western countries that abstained on the vote. So did the two big powers, China and Russia.

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