Pittsburgh Vijayan

When the rest of the nation was busy praising PM’s historic diplomatic deals with Israel, Pinarayi Vijayan, CM of Kerala chose to take a different stand. To have a different opinion is one thing; to call out a powerful nation as a terrorist force is a much serious affair. Especially when Modi is making history with Netanyahu.

Yes, Israel is an occupying force in Palestine. Yes, supporting Israel’s policy of oppression was a turnaround of Indian diplomacy. And yes, the conclusions Vijayan draw about the similarities between Zionism and the hate politics of the Sangh are true.

But what really drives the communist Chief Minister? Vijayan here draws parallel with the Mayor of Pittsburgh, who slammed Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

"As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future," Peduto wrote.

Not following the climate agreement might seem in favor of the best interests of America, for a short future at least. But it is definitely not for the good of the world.

Israel might be the best ally today, considering the impending threats from China and Pakistan. But is it for the greater good? Is it just? No, and this is why Vijayan disagrees with Modi.