India’s Strange UN Abstention Vote on Condemning Russian Aggression

By Stephen Kangal
March 26, 2022

Stephen KangalIndia’s eye-brow raising abstention vote on the recent Special UN General Assembly’s Resolution on Russian aggression must not be hidden behind diplomatic fig leaves.

India must let us know that its abstention vote favourable to the Russian Federation is a quid pro quo for previous assistance even though it is numbered with the PRC and Pakistan- a puzzling, bizarre and strange alignment.

We must recall the human rights non-violent principles (Satragraha) that constitute the foundation of the Indian State all of which are being violated by pariah Putin in modern 21st Century including all that the UN stands for and symbolised post-1945.

Putin is conducting an unprovoked crime against humanity by invading a sovereign state that he knows can only try to defend itself and cannot retaliate Russian aggression in like manner on Russian soil.

The International community must hold him responsible and liable for the wanton destruction of physical Ukraine, pillaging of the infrastructure and buildings/hospitals/ schools/ airports/ nuclear power plants, indiscriminate and wanton carnage of innocent civilians.

Add on these the stress, agony and destitution of over three million and counting devastated Ukrainian mothers and infant children refugees during a cold biting winter inundating the infrastructure and goodwill of the receiving neighbouring states who are humanely hosting them to mitigate and assuage an unfolding humanitarian crisis of biblical proportions.

Putin must be made to pay compensatory reparations for the disaster he so inhumanely visited and unleashed upon the besieged citizens and legitimate Government of Ukraine.

He cannot be allowed to gain rest and respite after this ill-timed and failing conventional jihad against the innocent State of Ukraine whose only sin appears to be for exercising its sovereign rights and political independence legitimised by the UN Charter and International Law and not to be deprived by the use of force.

He cannot escape international liability and censure for this indiscriminate exercise of power politics outlawed by the UN post- WWII and further threatening us with his biological and chemical/ nuclear arsenal whenever he cannot have his hubris say and wayward dangerous way.

7 thoughts on “India’s Strange UN Abstention Vote on Condemning Russian Aggression”

  1. India receives 65% of it arms from Russia. It is a unique relationship that will survive the Ukraine war. Why India abstained? 1957 to 1971: Russia imposed veto power 6 times in the Security Council for India, America protested every time.

    Russia subs stopped American intervention in India.
    Friends are best when you are in a difficult situation….

  2. I have never agreed with Stephen Kangal… ever……until now.
    I have to agree with him on this. India cannot excuse Putin on this. How can they? To say: “Friends are best when you are in a difficult situation” is a cop out. When yo’ wrong yo’ wrong. Because you took the high road in the past and helped me out when I was right does not now justify your wanton disregard for basic human instincts by unleashing massive savagery on an innocent population. As we say in Trinidad, that man is a beast! I would hope that friends can say to friends what you did was more than wrong and my own ethical principles tell me that I cannot in good conscience go along with your attempts at this population extinction. Next time India, vote your conscience… if you have one.

  3. Clearly you know nothing of world politics, did you read your article before you post it. Your FOX , CNN,MSNBC view of the world is myopic . Putin should have said ” he was looking for weapons of mass destruction” That`s where he went wrong .
    Can the West justify NATO if yes, then Putin should seek to establish military bases in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.

    1. We are on a slippery slope with this Ukraine business. Attack Putin and risk third world war? Not on the table.
      Stay silent and let him take over Ukraine? What’s next Poland? Moldova? Lithuania? …. Possible third world war in not too distant future.
      International community needs to stop Putin in Ukraine with heavy Russian losses similar to Afghanistan before things get too far out of hand. The real challenge is how can this be done without risking all out war. The sooner fence sitters like India and China join the International Community the more likely Putin will realize that he needs to end this misadventure in Ukraine.

      By the way, this non violence Satyagraha BS has no place in the 21 century and is the main reason India was conquered for more than one thousand years by Arabs, the British and other foreigners.

  4. Wait. One Hundred forty one countries voted in favor of the UN General Assembly motion against the Ukraine invasion and all of them have a FOX , CNN, MSNBC myopic view of the world? In the view of some, if anyone has an independent thought that does not follow the old cold war Politburo line then that view is short sighted? Please.

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