The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Rakesh Kumar Duan, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
On the 8th of April 2015, Firstpost.com published an article titled “India stuns the world with brave Yemen rescue mission, US, France, Germany seek help”.
The Time of India mentioned in one of its articles :”An estimated 4,000 Indians were stranded in Yemen when India began its Operation Rahat. Over 3,000 of them have already been rescued by three Indian naval ships Mumbai, Sumitra and Tarkash, operating in tandem with the Air Force, two passenger ships and Air India in a rescue mission that has earned plaudits from around the world. That 26 other countries — including the United States, France, Germany, Turkey and Egypt — have requested India for help in evacuation is testament to the professionalism of the rescuers, overseen by former army chief General V K Singh.”
This shows India’s power in the armed forces to the world and according to history, military is definitely a powerful tool for foreign policy. the same article by the TOI also mentioned :”Despite India’s distinguished record in overseas military operations, New Delhi has historically been shy of actively aligning its military and diplomatic clout as part of a strategic doctrine. But now it’s time to be ambitious and shed the shibboleths of the past.”
The Business Standard aptly summarizes the rescue mission in one of its articles as follows :”The biggest takeaway from the rescue operation in Yemen, dubbed Operation Rahat, which is in its last stages, goes beyond the numbers. It goes beyond the more than 4,000 Indians rescued. It goes beyond the 23 nations – including the United States, which is currently the only nation with a global military reach – asking for India’s help. It definitely goes beyond the chest-thumping and vitriol on social media. The biggest takeaway is that India’s military and civilian apparatus, including disaster relief forces and other government bodies, are exceptionally good in rescue and relief operations.”
The same article also wrote: “At a time when we are seeking to counter China’s growing dominance, and position ourselves as a regional giant with legitimate claims to a permanent membership of the UN Security Council, helping out other nations in times of need will gain us immense goodwill. It is certainly cheaper and better to provide relief to nations than to invade them!”
Certainly #AchheDin are here!!!