Saturday, November 14, 2015

Some Important Facts about India's Foreign Policy

For the period 1989 to 1998, India was ruled by comparatively weak coalition Governments. Foreign policy clout of India suffered a big blow after the Prime Ministership of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. In the last 25 years, the economy of India has grown by leaps and bounds but at the same time geo strategic clout of India has not grown significantly. At times due to our feeble foreign policy stance we have received setbacks such as GMR thrown out from Maldives, reducing influence of our’s in Nepal and Sri Lanka etc.

Recently our Prime Minister has himself started participating more enthusiastically in high powered meeting, bilateral and multilateral summits making clear our country’s stance over diverse issues. Such clear cut approach and dynamic leadership would go a long way in defining our ideas and long term targets. For eg. The vetoing of WTO Trade facilitation Agreement made clear that India will not buckle down under pressure.

In recent times India has shown more inclination towards the US at it is now the largest arms supplier to India and Mr. Obama was chief guest of 2015 Republic Day parade. India is also developing strong links with Japan and Israel which is strategically important for our interests.

India is very much interested in developing partners to its east through bilateral and multilateral agreements as the present conditions in the West are terribly unstable where it has to play the role of a facilitator in order to counter terrorism and onslaught of ISIS.

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