India is funneling massive amount of money into Chabahar Port in Iran as a response to developments at Pakistan’s Gwadar Port in cooperation with China.
Reportedly, navy veterans, who preferred to remain anonymous, sense concern within Modi administration of India regarding developed of Gwadar Port in Pakistan as part of China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC). China and Pakistan recently decided to pick up the pace on developments of Gwadar Port and plan to make it operational by the year end. If Pakistan and China were to actually operationalize Gwadar Port within the timeline, it will not only bring massive economic benefits to Pakistan, it will become the primary hub of oil trade. Moreover, the Indian armed forces consider it as a strong lever of blockade.
Chabahar Port project was visualized some two decades ago. Up until very recently, New Delhi was not as serious about developing Chabahar Port since its inception. India is making it look like the development of Chabahar Port is in Iran’s best interest however, the opposite is perhaps a lot closer to reality, given India’s track record (or if one puts common sense to good use). The navy veterans who presented this brief analysis are confident that Iran will be keeping an eye out for any potential regional conflict under development. They are already aware and understand the security concerns of Pakistan and may not entertain India for long.
Iran may already be skeptical about business with Pakistan given how Tehran was tricked in the matter of Kul Bhushan Yadav. The end result was straining Iran’s relationship with Pakistan. As far as the relationship between Iran and India is concerned, a few questions were raised by these veterans such as,
How can Tehran afford to overlook India’s vote at the IAEA? Will a ‘realist Iran opt for the long-term benefits of mutual cooperation? And what about India’s new found bonhomie with USA which seems somewhat like a ‘diabolic axis’ (sic)? And then, at the same time, India is deepening its engagement with Israel but also shrewdly engaging the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council that have something to do with double-edged Indian strategy vis-à-vis Iran.
At any rate managing conflicted interests to achieve certain goals is never a good idea and can result in serious consequences for states involves.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.