India, since the inception of its NAM policy, has been finding itself tough to stand in a place somewhere in the middle. Its famous policy was criticized then by the US and its allies as a "sham", and now it has invited laughter and mockery about its concept from the South Block.
After India and the Soviet Union signed the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in August 1971, the then Indian foreign minister had to fly to US to sign an identical treaty with the US government.
But, the US government complained about how the treaty made India's policy of non-alignment look like a "sham"
Now, a remarkably similar incident can be seen in PM Modi's own task in recent months, however in reverse order.
I.e. PM Modi's recent visit to US, finalized the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) on defence and India declared the U.S.'s major defence partner.
Next, Mr. Modi must fly to Tashkent to finalise documents for India's accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a "political, economic and military alliance" spearheaded by Russia and China
Jawaharlal Nehru, as early as in 1946, mentioned that India's foreign policy would rest on eight pillars: non-alignment with "power groups" was the third.
India's greater push for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), formed in Belgrade in 1961, came as a result of its disillusionment with the U.S., China, and colonial powers.
Now, the term 'non-alignment' now invites raised eyebrows and laughter in South Block (as it alleges that India is moving more to the right than the left).
The term has yet to find a mention in the Prime Minister's speeches, it may still be a necessity in his actions, especially with India's desired Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership hanging in the balance.
History is indeed strange, former enemies became the best allies, and India today stands once again in a place somewhere in the middle (albeit more to the right than the left).