India is often vocal in discussing the rules-based order and the importance of upholding international law. But its voice has been troublingly feeble in the face of Israel's brazen onslaught on the global system.
The United Nations itself has been under direct attack, with Israeli bombings killing more than 100 staff of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in 35 days since October 7.
Most of the world, except those under US tutelage, agree that Israel has committed genocide in Gaza, and its implications for global peace and security are grave.
Widespread revulsion is felt against Israel's bombing of hospitals, schools, mosques, bakeries, refugee camps and residential areas.
The world watches in horror as Israel denies the basics — food, water, electricity, and freedom of movement — to Gaza's 2.3 million people.
Even in pro-Israel Western countries, people have taken to the streets in support of Palestinians despite their governments trying trickery and intimidation to thwart protests against Israel.
Israeli grip on Indian government and media
In India, at the government level, there is hardly anything to suggest that the world is grappling with a significant crisis in Gaza.
Looking at Indian television channels, one gets the impression the Israeli army has taken over them and is feeding its propaganda to a captive audience.