6 January 2010: India's present strategic isolation is roughly and curiously reminiscent of the country's aloneness during the Nehru years, although the circumstances couldn't have been more different. To state just three factors, the Cold War was beginning to take a frozen aspect in the time of India's first prime minister, the country was beggarly poor (its share of the world income plunged to 3.8 per cent in 1952 from 22.6 per cent in 1700 a little behind Europe's), and the newly-independent nation had negligible military security, with the United States turning down Nehru's plea to extend nuclear cover despite China's rapid and unhidden deterrence quest. On the other hand, India is a nuclear and redoubtable military power today, its growth story is wondrous, and the Cold War has been nearly twenty years past. But the strategic isolation of Nehru's time has come to haunt India again. Why?