The Gujral doctrine was formulated by I.K.Gujral, who was the former Minister for External affairs and former Prime Minister of India.
The doctrine strives to resolve all issues through bilateral talks. It is basically a five point formula. There must be no interference in internal matters and for this purpose no South Asian country must allow use of its territory to any foreign power. Territorial integrity and sovereignty must be respected. All disputes to be resolved in a peaceful manner.
The doctrine assumes lot of significance as India is the largest country in South Asia; all major issues are Indo-centric and India-dominated
India has to face two hostile neighbours-Pakistan and China. Hence the need to maintain friendly relations with immediate neighbours.
The positive aspects of the Gujral doctrine include sharing of Ganga waters with Bangladesh and permitting Bangladesh to draw more water in the lean season. Freezing of the border dispute with China and improving relations. Cultural exchanges with Pakistan and frequent high-level meetings to contain border-terrorism
- When was the treaty with Bangladesh signed on sharing of Ganga waters?
- During which period was I.K.Gujral the Minister for External affairs?
- What is the Samjhauta express?
- Who are the members of SAARC?
- Name the neighbouring countries mentioned in the Gujral doctrine
- For what duration did I.K.Gujral function as Prime Minister?
- What forms of cultural exchange take place between neighbouring countries?