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India ‘sinks Somali pirate ship’ | BBC NEWS | South Asia


An Indian navy warship has destroyed a suspected Somali pirate vessel after it came under attack in the Gulf of Aden. The INS Tabar sunk the pirate “mother ship” after it failed to stop for investigation and opened fire instead, an Indian navy statement said. There has been a surge in piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia.

The latest attack came days after the Saudi-owned Sirius Star supertanker and its 25 crew were seized by pirates and anchored point off the Somali coast.

via BBC NEWS | South Asia | India ‘sinks Somali pirate ship’

Precedent for gunboat diplomacy

For decades India was against ‘gun boat diplomacy’. India, instead focused on diplomacy and sovereign Governments to solve these problems. In cases of interventions, India worked on multilateral initiatives and UN auspices.

This action in Somalia was a ‘set up’. To create precedents for the West, to resume gunboat diplomacy. While the situation in Somalia is bad, diplomacy and multi lateral action are still relevant.

This was a bad idea.

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  1. Dsylexic
    November 21, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I dont understand.Diplomacy with whom?.It isnt a sovereign power we are dealing with.The pirates are mercenaries.It is not the Somali govt which is guiding them.India is only helping to save its own ship/crew plying the gulf of aden route

  2. November 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I agree … diplomacy with whom … bit .. there is a dysfunctional Government in Somalia. Their writ has no meaning for these pirates.

    But, possibly, we should have some multi-lateral action with the Indian Ocean littoral countries. India has already moved in this direction – and the Somalia Government has given permission to India to go down this route.

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