Brussels: US-led NATO has asked India to shed
its non-aligned policy and called for a partnership with it to tackle common security challenges such as terror threats, cyber security and piracy.
"Even with regard to common missile threats, the ability
to defend could be the same," a top NATO official said.
The 28-member NATO has already reached out to New Delhi
asking it to co-opt as a "dialogue plus partner".
Stressing that India should shed its non-aligned policy
and assume a bigger role as a leader, the NATO official said that even Australia which is far away has a relationship with NATO and is today the 10th largest participant with NATO in Afghanistan.
Making a strong pitch for joint efforts to combat cyber
threats, the official said, "cyber world does not recognise
alignments. It only understands switches."
Urging India to abandon Cold War mindset, the official
pointed out that even Russia is in a special partnership with
"The NATO-Russia Council determines cooperation on such
vital issues as theatre missile defence, military logistics
with respect to the US-led campaign in Afghanistan, terrorism,
narcotics and piracy."
He hinted at an understanding between India and US on the
military intervention in Libya.