New Delhi: It seems that Indian diplomacy is passing through a really bad phase at present. One of the major failures of India’s influence on its neighbours came to fore on Wednesday when Pakistan National Assembly passed a resolution condemning execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

This has come amidst the bids of the two countries to improve their bilateral ties. Besides Pakistan, India’s diplomatic ties with its other neibhbours like Sri Lanka and Maldives have also declined significantly in the recent times. Moreover, European country Italy, which is much smaller in size than India, is also reneged on its assurance in marines’ case.  
Maldives

In a controversial coup, democratically elected President Mohamed Nasheed was deposed last year and Mohamed Waheed became new President of the country and Mohammed Waheed became the new President. The new President during his visit to India in May 2012 promised to protect India’s interest in his country.

On the contrary, the biggest investment from India in the form of GMR airport project was canceled by the Maldivian government. This was approved in 2010. It is believed that some of the Islamic parties, constituents of Waheed-led coalition government, had anti-India stand and they prefer to enhance ties with India’s inimical neighbour China.  In reaction, India canceled USD 25 million aid to Maldieves in December last year causing a major blow to the ties between the two countries.

Indian High Commissioner to Maldives, D.M. Mulay, was called an enemy in that country. Recently, former President Nasheed entered in Indian mission in Male fearing arrest after a court summon. Nasheed took refuge there for over 10 days which further deteriorated the ties between the two countries. At present, ensuring safety of nearly 30,00 Indians living there is a big challenge for Indian diplomacy.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Navy personnel arrested some Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu and allegedly tortured them sparking resentment across the state. Government of India on many occasions conveyed to Sri Lankan government after the end of civil war to grant equal civil rights to Tamil community there. But no significant progress in this regard has been experienced so far.

Now Sri Lanka is cautiously waiting to see what stand India takes during UN Human Rights Council voting to be held in Geneva. Even earlier India had voted against Sri Lanka when similar resolution was proposed.

Pakistan

This year has witnessed a stiff rise in the ceasefire violation from India’s most hostile neighbour Pakistan. In early January this year, Pakistan army, colluding with terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, killed two Indian soldiers and breaching all canons of humanity, they beheaded one of the soldiers.

Even after this, Pak Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf was offered red-corporate welcome during his Ajmer visit. Despite this, Pak government passed a resolution condemning India for hanging 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

(JPN/Bureau)

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