At a time when the West was supposedly in deep anguish over India’s refusal to come clean and condemn Russia through votes at the United Nations Security Council, New Delhi gave a breather of sorts. In a vote on a procedural matter on whether or not Ukraine’s President Volodomyr Zelensky could address the Council virtually India threw its lot with an overwhelming majority of nations and said he could. Russia which insisted that the 15 member body go through with the process was the only one that voted for itself while its new found great friend, China, abstained.
Under the current scheme of things New Delhi could not go along with the Russian proposition that Zelensky come personally to New York to address the Council. Moscow’s innocent pretense that it was not at all against the Ukrainian leader speaking to the Council but only that established norms would have to be followed found no takers in the world body. The extraordinary circumstances had to be factored in.