In a country that sees itself as a nation of peace, the US has become increasingly assertive, even belligerent.
In this context, India’s foreign minister was not alone in wondering whether this could be an existential threat to the country’s security.
In an interview with the Indian Express, Nirmala Sitharaman said that the US and its allies are using India as an example to other countries.
“What they are doing in India is a threat to all of us,” she said.
“It’s like a warning that there are some countries in the world that are not going to respect the norms of international law.”
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on October 9, 2021.
The Times of India reports that Sitharamaiah said the US could be making a bigger deal of its aggression against India by sending “small boats” to India, which are not supposed to be in the Indian territorial waters.
This would be “a significant threat to India’s security, which is something we have taken very seriously”, she said, adding that the country has taken steps to defend itself from such moves.
In recent years, the Indian navy has been making a concerted effort to patrol the sea around the Bay of Bengal.
“India has the capacity to deter such an attack.
It has the capability to stop them,” she added.
The Indian Express reports that the United States has been building up an army of drones, surveillance drones, and special operations forces in the Bay.
It also noted that the Indian Navy has sent an aircraft carrier to the region to bolster the Indian military.