Given the intransigence of China in Ladakh, globalising the differences seems to have its advantages for India. Sanjay Baru, in his column in The Indian Express (June 5), had reiterated the not-very-easily-understandable cool position of the Manmohan Singh government on invitations to sit at the high table with the G8.
He also attributed the origin of the idea of inviting India and China to the G8 to the French. In fact, it was the Canadians liberal leadership and not the French that pushed the idea globally, sometimes at a considerable personal political cost at home.
This time around, however, our foreign policy establishment seems to be taking a positive stand on the American proposal to expand the G8. The idea of including South Korea, Russia, Indonesia, in addition to China and India, has been talked about for almost two decades. Australia, however, has been introduced for reasons not quite clear.
Paul Martin, then finance minister of Canada, had, in 2010, proposed that India and China should be invited to be a part of the G8.