Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who some time back seized power in Turkey, seems to think very highly of himself. Now on visit to USA, during the joint conference with Trump, he yapped that Syrian Kurdish fighters or the YPG Militia fighting the ISIS were plain terrorists. He went on to contradict Trump and said that his country will never accept a US alliance with Kurdish forces fighting in Syria. As per him there is no place for terrorist organisation in the future of the region.
This same chap had brazenly tried to invent a new kind of diplomacy during his recent visit to India. Well India will do well to give it back to him at some appropriate time in the near future and tell him how stupid he has been. In any case you can’t do anything significant with a country which is run by foolish dictators like Erdogan.
This fool tried to lecture India on Kashmir. Well now we should teach him life by extending full cooperation to the valiant Kurdish fighters, on whom the government led by Erdogan has heaped so much misery. It is perhaps the only visit by a head of state or government to New Delhi, which, in fact, invoked a lot of adverse media comments in the host country — and for the right reasons. There have been many visiting leaders from countries perceived to be friendlier to Pakistan, than India, but their visit went off without inviting criticism.
Trying to be friendly with Pakistan which has just bought few Naval Ships from Turkey , Erdogan showed his concern for the Kashmiris , forgetting everything about people of Cyprus invaded and captured by Turkey and the Kurds In his own country. At least 2.000 men. women and children were killed between July 2015 and December 2016 as a result of the Turkish army’s operations against Kurdish nationalists whom he calls -terrorists’ .much like his Pakistani friends. The Kurdish political party PKK is a -terrorist’ organisation for Erdogan. but he would not agree with India that the attacks inside Kashmir are instigated by terrorists who come from Pakistan.
Erdogan arrogantly tried his balancing act — a la China —when he said he did not oppose India’s entry into the exclusive Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) but it has to come with membership being simultaneously offered to Pakistan. The idiot is not aware that the stage has come where it is NSG which needs India and not the other way . Also we did not know the ignorance level of Turkey President. He seemed to be unaware of Pakistan’s horrible proliferation record to equate RI/4th India on the issue of NSG membership.
In spite of all this our Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi conferred an honorary degree on him . This was an important event which was not overshadowed by his misplaced enthusiasm to meddle in India’s internal affairs. There was opposition to it in some Indian sections but it would have been diplomatically incorrect to cancel the event after fixing it well in advance. Jamia Millia Islamia is one of the few Indian educational institutions that offer a course in Turkish language.
Erdogan vomited out as to what should be done to solve the problem in Kashmir. He then even brushed aside suggestions that he faced a similar intractable problem back home where the Kurds have been fighting against the Turkish state for a long time. He also spoke against the western media accusing them of spreading untruths about his country. He does not enjoy universal popularity in the media of his own country. He has even arrested a very large number of journalists and shut down publications critical of him. In fact his country remains under Emergency. Many muslim countries think that Erdogan tries to behave as an Ottoman emperor. He is accused of rigging a referendum to enhance his powers to become an autocratic ruler. His ambitions do not endear him to the Muslim world except may be Pakistan
Among the very few countries that see nothing wrong in Erdogan is Pakistan. As both prime minister and president , Erdogan has made seven official visits to Islamabad. In return Pakistan has become enormously enamoured of Turkey: both countries are almost equally disliked in the West. No wonder both the countries are equally radicalized.
He would have certainly known that his advice to India to agree to a -multilateral’ effort to solve the Kashmir problem would not be well received. But he went ahead. Obviously to please his friends in Pakistan.
Leaders from the Muslim world who visit India navigate safely around the ticklish Kashmir problem that is as old as the birth of the two independent nations in 1947. They do not speak about it in India because they do not think it is prudent to needlessly poke India in the eye when their prime interest is in promoting ties with India.
VIPs from the Gulf countries particularly Saudi Arabia are closer to Pakistan than India in a host of issues including Kashmir but they have never misbehaved with India. Whenever they visit they speak for self as they come to expand bilateral ties with India which does not require dwelling on issues that divide India and Pakistan.
Indian dignitaries visiting the Gulf countries Likewise Do not openly air differences with them and talk about these issues discreetly mostly in closed-door meetings. Certainly no visiting Indian prime minister or president said anything critical of these countries before or after landing as state guests. Despite routine anti-India rhetoric on Kashmir at the meetings of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) almost all OIC members continue to have fairly good relations with India. It includes Saudi Arabia one of the biggest patrons of Pakistan and widely suspected to be home to the propagators of religious extremism.