It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact, i.e. when peoples belonging to different countries have organized themselves and are able to act as one man. It is not nationalism that is evil, it is the narrowness, selfishness, exclusiveness which is the bane of modern nations which is evil. Each wants to profit at the expense of, and rise on the ruin of, the other.

Indian nationalism has struck a different path. It wants to organize itself or to find full self-expression for the benefit and service of humanity at large … God having cast my lot in the midst of the people of India, I should be untrue to my Maker if I failed to serve them. If I do not know how to serve them I shall never know how to serve humanity. And I cannot possibly go wrong so long as I do not harm other nations in the act of serving my country.

Mahatma Gandhi (Young India, 18 June 1925, p211)

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Operation Sankalp: MARCOS Deployed In Persian Gulf To Protect Merchant Ships



June 27, 2019

In a first of its kind, under Operation Sankalp that started a week ago, the Indian Navy has deployed MARCOS (marine commandoes) on board Indian merchant ships carrying crude oil from the Persian Gulf.

Two Indian warships—destroyer INS Chennai and offshore patrol vessel INS Sunayna—are currently stationed in the region taking turns to protect Indian-flagged merchant ships transiting through the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman. This step, ordered by the government after attacks on Saudi Arabian and UAE oil tankers in the past one month, is seen as New Delhi’s resolve to ensure smooth energy supply for the country in the wake of heightened tension between the United States and Iran.

The two Indian naval ships, deployed at either end of the narrow straits, coordinate the movement of Indian merchant carriers that volunteer to be advised by the navy about their movement and safety precautions. The Marcos, stationed on board the warships, first inspect the merchant ships in harbour for any explosives or signs of sabotage and then embark on the carriers. The Marcos remain on board the merchant ships throughout their east-bound passage across the Persian Gulf and disembark at the other end before returning to their respective warships. The same commandos carry out a similar exercise for west-bound merchant shipping that seek the navy’s protection. A rough estimate suggests that on any given day, at least half a dozen large Indian oil tankers transit through the area.

Contrary to public perception @SushmaSwaraj was not trolled for her role in the passport row. She was targeted for her opposition to US sanctions on India for not dumping Iranian oil. Trump has set a deadline for Oil War. Will Sushma Swaraj nudge?https://t.co/Dn5vgLqZms — GreatGameIndia (@GreatGameIndia) September 5, 2018

Indian warships have operated in the Gulf of Aden in the past decade to protect general merchant shipping from heightened piracy but this is the first time that Marcos are being deployed aboard commercial carriers.

Under Operation Sankalp, the two warships with over 500 personnel including the Marcos, will remain in the region as long as they are needed, according to top government sources.

Indian Navy sources, revealed that the unprecedented step was taken following a multi-stakeholder consultation in the Navy’s war room in New Delhi last week that included the director-general shipping and representatives of an association of merchant ship owners and the navy’s operations branch. The shipping industry feels crude carriers could become victims of collateral damage in the fight between the United States and Iran. India, which imports over 50 per cent of its crude from the region, does not want to take chances in the event of any disruption. Hence, the precautions. Excerpt from GreatGameIndia‘s exclusive book India in Cognitive Dissonance. Get your copy from here.

The naval deployment which began last Saturday also included one P8-I maritime reconnaissance aircraft which kept a watch over the area, operating from Muscat for over four days, coordinating the movement of both the warships as well as Indian merchant shipping. It has since returned to India but can be redeployed if necessary.

Operation Sankalp is also being seen as reaffirmation of India’s enhanced standing in West Asia, following a proactive outreach to the region’s monarchies by the Modi government since 2014. The ships can complete their operational turnarounds or seek replenishment of fuel and food from any of these prominent ports, Dubai, Duqm, Abu Dhabi or Salalah, during their deployment.

Nitin A. Gokhale is the Editor-in-Chief of Strategic News International where this article was first published. For article submissions on GGI News kindly contact us here.



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