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.
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.