Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won accolades and appreciation for his lobbying efforts for India to enter the NSG and rightly so for his passionate efforts beginning from the visit to the United States. From Prime Minister’s visit to the United States to the Foreign Secretary’s visit to Seoul, Indian media reported with high optimism about the potential of India breaking NSG gridlock and securing a membership into the same. Looking at the history of NSG, the members of NSG and the political dynamics with the countries who are part of the NSG, India’s intense lobbying to enter the NSG was heading to an obvious conclusion.
Why was NSG created?
The Nuclear Supplier Group is a group of nuclear supplier countries that seek to prevent nuclear proliferation by preventing the export of materials, equipment and technology which could potentially be used to manufacture nuclear weapons. NSG was found in the aftermath of India’s 1974 nuclear test, as countries felt the NPT (of which India is not a signatory of along with Pakistan, Israel, and North Sudan) had to be strengthened to ensure foolproof non-proliferation. By nature, NSG is a body which seeks to prevent proliferation and it was formed in response to India’s nuclear program.
Is NSG lobbying worth the effort?
Certainly not, given the foundations of NSG. Not only that, at a time when many countries are scaling down or abandoning Nuclear energy and looking towards solar, wind and other forms of renewable, India is merely regarded as a lucrative market for few countries with questionable technologies and designs. The question of nuclear liability is also weighed against India. India has its good share of nuclear reactors to complement other forms of energy and also has nuclear warheads as a deterrent. To get the consensus of other countries to enter NSG could put India in a situation of strategic compromise.
Kudos to the PM
There are no second thoughts about the efforts of our Prime Minister to get India into the NSG. His intense lobbying did open a few windows for India despite the doors being shut. On the effort front, Prime Minister deserves all the credit. Could the efforts have been channelised for some other purpose of India in the international stage ? Share your thoughts.
The new generation of people have indeed put on their superhero cape and are breaking rules to save the world from shrinking into melancholy. But anyone who breaks the norm, sets the rulebook on fire comes off as the ‘bad guy’. However, in all honesty, isn’t it “good to be bad sometimes”?
It would be so tedious to bottle ourselves into virtues that have been impressed upon us since childhood, teaching us to see good from bad. Haven’t we all broken the rules to taste a little freedom? There have been days when we have lied at home to experience how beautiful the city streets look at night. We have broken the rules to include and be inclusive of people who are different from us. And also pushed the boundaries even if that meant breaking bad.
While it is convenient to play by the book, there is no fun in it. Take the anti-hero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe “Venom”, the role of the protagonist comes off as quite iconic in this regard. Being a sinister parasite, he teams up with his host to wage a war against his own kind to stand for what’s right.
Mischief you call it? Well, it’s one trait that emerges when least expected not just in the character of Venom but quite honestly in all of us. To get this aspect out there to the young and carefree lot, &flix has come up with a quirky rap that plays on repeat in the mind. It whips up many unconventionally relatable idiosyncrasies of ‘the mistaken supervillain’ who we can’t help, but fall in love because in spirit, aren’t we all just the same?
‘Venom’ is an alien character that does not qualify as “all things nice”. This Marvel film that has concerned itself with the theme of “the world has enough superheroes” sets a great paradigm shift from the ideal superhero narrative and gives its viewers the ultimate daunting anti-hero. Celebrating the evil inside everyone, graffiti artists have painted the walls in Mumbai & Chennai taking inspiration from #VenomInMyVeins. Through this, the aim is to inspire the audience to embrace their inner self and celebrate the dark side inside them.
It’s not all that necessary to detach oneself from your imperfections to be a hero. Let’s face the fact that it’s about time we get more real and relatable saga of “save the world”. Because after all, you don’t have to be quintessential to pull off a “superhero”. You can be just like #Venom.
You can watch the World TV Premiere of Venom on 26th of May 2019 at 1 PM and 9 PM only on &flix.