In a scathing attack on India’s friendship with Iran, the Right-wing Wall Street Journal, in an editorial titled “Iran’s Indian Enablers” has said that “Delhi is turning out to be the mullahs’ last best friend.”
The remark has been made in the context of India’s decision to not only continue buying Iranian oil, but also enabling Tehran to buy Indian goods using rupees instead of dollars to beat the global sanctions.
The newspaper, while conceding that “no one’s accusing India of ideological affinity with the mullahs”, still goes on to castigate India’s efforts to do business with Iran as a hangover from its non-aligned past.
The rhetoric, stoked no doubt by Iran’s disclosure of impressive strides in nuclear technology on Wednesday and the bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat’s car in New Delhi on Tuesday, says: “Some of this (friendship with Iran) is mental baggage from the days of the non-aligned movement, though we thought New Delhi had outgrown that adolescent neurosis.”
Read the full editorial here.