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Found it, dear?
Not that non-aligned, are we boys?
09/07/2009

Come on, tell us, which other forum in the world could have had 118 odd heads of states from the countries of Djibouti, Burundi, Dominica, Vanuatu, Timor Leste, São Tomé and Príncipe smashing their heads quite seriously on how United States should treat North Korea? Oh yes, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) also has the biggies – India, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Egypt et al. So what gives? On September 15, 2009, is scheduled the 15th meeting of the heads of state of NAM member countries in Egypt. And the debates have started again on whether there is any use of retaining NAM, which more or less seems to be running out of newer ideas to party.

The inception of the organisation was virtually to ensure “the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries” in their “struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics” (as per Havana Declaration of 1979). If that sounds impressive, then one just needs to read the texts of their various declarations against the US and the west to get impressed more.

Many a time, NAM has supported quite logical issues like economic underdevelopment, poverty and social injustices (their assistance to South Africa in coming out of the apartheid era being a golden example); but many more times, it has simply been a bleating forum for ranting (in a non-‘Non-Aligned’ manner) about western hegemony’. In fact, the forum has never taken joint action to implement any relevant hard decisions. So is NAM still useful? For the answer to that, one has to only see the fact that this is the only forum in the world where India and Pakistan regularly sit together to talk. Iran and Iraq too. And if Barack ever wanted to start his discussions with the cannon-mouths from North Korea, allow us to mention Mr. Obama, the Kim clan’s a member too...

By:- Sray Agarwal
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