WikiLeaks and INDIA

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Wiki-leaks, is a non-profit organization that has gained unprecedented popularity as it began exposing the US diplomatic cables. The editor-in-chief for Wikileaks, Julian Assange believes that the disclosure of millions of classified documents over the years has asserted the ill-practices of Governments of various countries to the people and hence, revealed the true face of international diplomacy. The efforts of Assange have been praised for advocating the freedom relinquishing from press and hence, fortify transparency. However, they have also been mulled negatively mainly by the US government for exposing confidential and prudent information.

The Hindu has been accessing the cables relating to India as retrieved from Wikileaks. The cables are mere information propagated to US by US Diplomat in India as referred by the person to whom it may concern. There have been a number of references to India such as in relation with Iran, Pakistan, US itself and India’s democratic and political platform exposed. Let’s see in brief some of the most significant cables that changed the course of news in the country till date.

  • The most hype of the wiki-leaks Indian cables was the stance of opposition party i.e., BJP on the learned information that Congress in order to win the elections had bought votes by paying off crores of money to MP’s of opposition parties. The matter had earlier cooled down as no evidence to the suggested claim had been found but with the blast from Wikileaks, the topic got hot again. The Bhartia Janta Party demanded resignation of Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on the basis of such vivid assertions, but BJP too was struck back as an other cable from wikileaks claimed BJP showed double standards on the nuclear liability bill and further accused BJP of not taking international matters seriously. Such a conjuncture exempted Congress from the rampant BJP and thus, BJP was forced to request probe into wikileaks cable.
  • The next destabilization was for the young gun Rahul Gandhi as it came out that he considered Hindu extremist groups more dangerous than Islamic terrorists as concerned with the security of the country. Also, Narendra Modi‘s rise as a national icon as per the cable worried US and made them reenact ties with Gujarat CM.
  • The attack on Indian embassy in Kabul which New Delhi ruled as a possible attack by Pakistan’s ISI was later confirmed by Wikileaks which has made India rethink on as to where the India Pakistan dialog is headed.
  • Another cable revealed the US’s rejection to a proposal by India and other Non-Aligned movement countries for the Secretary-General elections as would reduce and further cutback the US influence in selection process. Also, the clouded response of India to the Kosovo Independence as influenced by Russia and Kashmir were revealed in the cables.

However, Wikileaks as interpreted by a common man,  does not present a true picture, and it is clouded when concerned India, or may be it does not concern itself to the common man essentially on direct level. The government for instance regarded it as false and ordered probe into its legitimacy when the political parties were targeted, they even regarded that the cables are mere information as conveyed by the American diplomat to US and does not essentially involve political parties, since the political leaders did not infer as to what has come out in the cables. On the other hand, the cable on Narendra Modi and attack on Indian embassy have been regarded as true and widely accepted, although having similar origin. Such a contrary stand of the government does not seem reasonable. Also, the wikileaks have not affected the political relationships and international diplomacy as far as India is concerned. They may have been talked about and taken into discussion on a local basis by the leaders of various parties but have had no impact on international front. Julian Assange on the cables claimed they are authentic i.e., they are the reports sent by the American diplomats to Washington, however the information curtained in them may or may not be true.