Armenia and India have had civilizational, cultural, socio-political and financial ties for millennia. It’s pointless to underscore the paramount significance of even nearer and strategic ties between Armenia and India on this ongoing capricious political local weather. The 2020’s 44-day aggression of Turkey and Azerbaijan towards Armenia and the unfold of jihadism within the South Caucasus, the autumn of Afghanistan into Talibs’ hands and the intensifying political romance of the belligerent triangle – Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan have made it clear that India and Armenia don’t have any different approach out of the aforementioned geopolitical morass than maximizing the cooperation between the two oldest civilizations on all ranges, together with out-of authorities relationships.
At first, India and Armenia have these frequent geopolitical and army adversaries – Turkey, Pakistan, Azerbaijan. Each grownup particular person in Armenia and within the Armenian diaspora is aware of that Pakistan fought alongside Turks and Azeris towards the Armenians in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) final autumn. Additionally, Pakistan has at all times been championing anti-Armenian coverage globally: few know that they haven’t but acknowledged Armenia as a sovereign state. However Turkey with its bellicose politics of Erdoganocracy has already overtly introduced its plans to advance additional into Afghanistan, improve army cooperation with Pakistan and unify the Turkish nations within the Center Asia and past. All this makes Turkey and Azerbaijan passionate supporters of Pakistan’s anti-Indian coverage and thus harms the very pursuits of India.
Then, it’s at all times of utmost significance to emphasize the civilizational ties between Armenia and India, together with the respective communities in each international locations. The 2 previous nations have had established ties for 1000’s of years together with however not restricted to non secular, financial, political and cultural relationships. The Armenian presence and enter in India acquired to its peak within the late center ages when the Armenian retailers have been competing with the well-known British East India Firm fairly efficiently. It was not unintended that the 18th-century author and thinker, notable determine within the Armenian liberation motion and a rich Armenian service provider Shahamir Shahamirian revealed and promoted the primary fashionable Armenian structure in India’s Madras (now Chennai) within the 1770s. Most just lately, the 2 nations have achieved exceptional outcomes when it comes to science and excessive applied sciences, startups and chess which is one other proof of ties on all ranges and in all sectors.
Final however not least, India has now acquired a novel probability of getting a really contemporary experience and information of the sixth era struggle methods and techniques because the Armenian nation went via it final autumn. There are on-ground potentialities of creating joint Armenia-India army facilities together with however not restricted to army faculties with joint curricula, army analytics group of high-ranking army personnel from India and Armenia in addition to joint Indian-Armenian militia forces and even non-public army firms. The roadmap to attain this high-level army cooperation may be mentioned individually and by respective authorities and stakeholders. Each nations will maximize safety and security of their individuals in the event that they delineate a transparent technique to battle jihadism and the belligerent triangle of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan. It’s comprehensible that joint Indian-Armenian militia forces and personal army firms can stage exceptional outcomes towards the jihadists and towards the above-mentioned belligerent triangle.
In the long run it’s vital to grasp that Armenia goes via immense challenges which can make it tough to run the aforementioned tasks solely via the G2G (authorities to authorities) medium. Because the founding father of the Armenian Network State, a pan-Armenian motion that unites the World Armenians, I’ve confused a number of times the significance of creating out-of-box ties between the 2 nations which ought to completely embody authorities – motion ties, involving the World Armenians and the Indian Diaspora. I’ve already acquired some probabilities to current the out-of-box cooperation mechanisms with India (together with enterprise funding alternatives and joint hi-tech tasks) to respective Indian authorities and need to attain out to the broader public and respective decision-makers with the identical thought because the time works towards each of us – Indians and Armenians.
To sum up, I need to recall one attention-grabbing story by the Armenian Community State citizen and a notable Armenian politician and statesman Hrant Khachatryan from his assembly with a high-ranking Indian officer on the Ministry of Exterior Affairs in New Delhi in late Nineties. On the assembly, the officer made it clear to Mr Hrant Khachatryan that the Armenian river Araks which borders Turkey is of significance to India as nicely since India is desirous about defending Armenia’s border with Turkey which has made its expansionist politics, particularly in direction of east, fairly evident. Instances have modified however that method should not.
In regards to the writer: Vahram Ayvazyan is the founding father of the Armenian Network State. He’s an Worldwide Relations and Genocide scholar, startup founder and a Local weather Actuality Chief, personally educated by former US vice chairman Al Gore.