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Russia, India, China Marching Towards A Multipolar World: By Dr. Sawraj Singh

Posted by smeddum on December 28, 2010

Saturday, December 25th, 2010 

In the year 2010, the leaders of all of the permanent members of the security council of the United Nations visited India. President Obama of America, President Medvedev of Russia, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China, President Sarkozy of France, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK. It is obvious that India’s importance in the world in transition from a unipolar to a multipolar world is rapidly growing.

President Obama and the other western leaders want India’s support to maintain the status quo. That means that the western domination of the world for the last two centuries should continue and the American era which started after the fall of the Soviet Union should continue. The present unipolar world order is based upon the assumption that America is the only superpower in the world.

The Russian and Chinese leaders have tried to convince India that India’s interests will be best served in a multipolar world where there is no one leading power center and there are many centers of power which maintain equilibrium and balance of power in the world. This is the only way that peace can be maintained in the world and a third world war can be avoided. When there is a big tree, then the other trees cannot grow under its cover. Therefore, if India wants a status befitting its changed status in the world, then India has to work for a new world order.

The Chinese tell India that China and India have lived together as peaceful and friendly neighbors for thousands of years. They traded in ancient times through the silk route. India conquered China without sending a single soldier, through Buddhism. The Chinese accepted not only Buddhism, but also the concepts of Indian spirituality and philosophy. Acupuncture, acupressure, and the Chinese martial arts are all heavily influenced by the Indian concepts. Acupressure and acupuncture are based upon the flow of Chi, which is the same as Prana in the Indian spirituality. Similarly, the Chinese martial arts were developed from the basic techniques which were brought to China by the Buddhist monks from the Himalayas. These monks learned these techniques from observing nature. They watched different animals, birds, and snakes defending themselves or attacking the others.

The Chinese students studied in the ancient Indian universities of Texla and Nalanda. The study of the Indian history is incomplete without reading the writings of Song Yun and Fa Xian, who were both Chinese students in the ancient Indian universities.

Even in the modern times, the relations between China and India were very cordial. Dr. Dwarka Nath Kutnis, an Indian surgeon from a family of doctors in Maharashtra, laid his life in the service of the Chinese wounded during the Japanese invasion of China. He was a member of the team of Indian doctors who went to help the Chinese who became victims of the Japanese aggression. India and China laid the principles of peace and mutual coexistence among the nations. These are inspired from Buddhism and are called Panch Sheel. The border problem between the two countries is after all a legacy of the British colonialism. The colonialists never demarcated the border properly and left problems in the colonies which can later be exploited for their purpose, “Divide and rule.”

Russia has been India’s time-tested friend which stood by India in its time of need. Russia is unique among all of the European powers because the Ural mountains pass through Russia. These mountains form a natural border between Europe and Russia. Therefore, Russia is both a European and an Asian country. Russia and India voted together in the United Nations against America about 90% of the time, at one time. Russia used its veto power when America brought resolutions on Kashmir. Russia supplied India with heavy and sophisticated weapons. Even now, 70% of Indian military hardware comes from Russia. Russia also helped India in steel, civil nuclear energy, and chemicals. The Russian weapons helped India to win wars against Pakistan, which had American weapons. Who in India has not heard of the AK-47? This is how much the Russian weapons have become popular in India. Russia is not happy with the Indian tilt toward America, but is still willing to revive the traditional friendship with India. Russia is working with India in RIC (Russia, India, China) and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China). Russia is trying to help India to become a member of the Shanghai Corporation, which has China, Russia, and the Central Asian countries.

America is trying to start a third world war in Asia. There can be many reasons for that such as when the capitalist countries are faced with a severe economic crisis, then they want to start a war to come out of the economic crisis. America sees the Asian countries as the main rivals to its hegemony. If a war starts in Korea, then the three most developed Asian countries, Japan, China, and South Korea will be directly involved in the war and their economic and technological progress will be very adversely affected.

If a war starts in Asia now, Europe may not have any other choice except to support America. Therefore, a war may be the only way to preserve the collapsing western alliance because of the widening gap between Europe and America. If a person like Sarah Palin becomes President, then the western alliance is bound to collapse because Europe will not accept her as the leader of the western alliance.

Another American reason for starting a war in Asia can be that somehow it can lead to a break in the Russia-China alliance because Russia may not like to be involved in a full-fledged war in Asia. The coming together of Russia and China has always been an American nightmare. So far, the Russian and Chinese alliance seems to be holding firm. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is not willing to trust America again.

So long as Russia and China are together, then no country or group of countries can beat them. If India does not join the American-led alliance, then there is very little chance of starting a third world war. India seems to hold the cards whether the transition from a unipolar world to a multipolar world will be peaceful or it will happen after a third world war.

All peace-loving people are hoping that it will be a peaceful transition. The people of the world, including the American people, have much to lose if there is a third world war. In a multipolar world order, India has much to gain, but if India joins the side which wants to maintain the unipolar world then India may be the biggest loser in that struggle. Russia, India, and China should march together towards a multipolar world.

Dr. Sawraj Singh, MD F.I.C.S. is the Chairman of the Washington State Network for Human Rights and Chairman of the Central Washington Coalition for Social Justice. He can be reached at sawrajsingh@hotmail.com or 509-962-3652.

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