WikiLeaks and INDIA


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 Continue reading