Thursday, June 28, 2012

India ready to deal with Muslim Brotherhood as it does with Europe's Christian Democrats

Indian foreign minister S.M.Krishna, it is reliably learnt from a ministry source, met Mohamed Morsy during a visit to Egypt in March this year. In his talks with Morsy of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, a right wing Islamist political organisation which has emerged as a key player in the aftermath of the Tahrir Square revolution of January-February, 2011, Krishna managed to get a view of the organisation's attitude towards India.

Morsi has apparently told Krishna that Egypt under the Freedom and Justice Party, which is indirectly the rule of the Brotherhood, will be looking to East more than to West, and that he felt that there is more in common in cultural terms between the two countries and also in terms of greater economic opportunities. Morsy showed a distinct hostility towards Europe and towards Christianity.

Asked whether Indian government has evolved a policy towards a Brotherhood political regime with its strong Islamist biases, the source said that India will have no problem with the moderate Islamist regimes that are emerging in the wake of the revolutions of Arab Spring of 2011in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. The official argued that the Islamist regimes are like the Christian Democrats of Europe, the right-wing political parties imbued with a Christian value system. In the case of the Islamist parties, it would be an Islamic value framework.

Morsi has won the presidential election on June 24 in the run-off. He has been an alternative Muslim Brotherhood candidate. The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist political organisation, something akin to the Hindutva advocates in India. But the Brotherhood had fought hard against authoritarian secularist regimes of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak. Its members were imprisoned, tortured and many of them died as well. The Brotherhood has also become a seasoned political organisation, contesting parliamentary elections and occupying the opposition benches.

Indian government seems to be following the pragmatic foreign policy of dealing with any kind of political regime that is in power, whether it is military-autocratic as it as in the days of Hosni Mubarak or Islamist reactionary as in the case of Muslim Brotherhood. India has done the same thing in the case of Iran. It was quite friendly towards the Shah Raza Pahlavi's cruel dictatorship, and it did not have any hesitation in cultivating the Ayatollah regime with serious distortions.

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