Ten years ago, the United States began forging a plan to create a strategic alliance with India to offset the growing influence of China. That plan now hangs shredded. Long-running distrust percolated last December with India’s reaction against the arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade for visa fraud which included removing protective barriers from outside the US Embassy in Delhi. Now, as Ukraine’s repercussions go global, India tacitly backs Russia which it has always seen as a friendly power and a reliable supplier of modern weaponry. America, on the other hand, turns the tap on and off depending on its elections and the political winds. Therefore, the present line-up is Russia, China and a silent India against the United States and an argumentative and divided Europe — not much different to half a century ago.