The discussion in this blog is based on a penetrating article by Sri. V,Sudarshan in the Sunday Magazine of the Indian express of 13th Nov. 11. It is really very thought provoking article. I propose to have a series on this and I expect all students to participate thoughtfully. We shoud be really grateful to the learned scholar and to Mr. Devirupa Mitra who interviewed him and to the esteemed newspaper The New Sunday Express.
Every day sees a little mutation of India’s geostrategic environment. The signs are discernible: One day Pakistan bestows the Most Favoured Nation status to India, then nuances it the next with sophistry; a Chinese energy corporation distributes a brochure in the presence of Indian and Chinese diplomats with maps where parts of Kashmir and Arunachal are missing, and when questioned, the Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yan snaps back: “shut up!” New Delhiwhich equivocated between Tamil and Sinhala interests in the belief that outright victory of any one side was not in the national interest, now solidly backs Mahinda Rajapakse’s dubious human rights record at international fora.Delhi ensures a soft landing for the Maoists into the political structure in Nepal and the next thing we know is that Nepal begins to slide into a Chinese embrace.India signs a strategic partnership with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, whose writ does not run beyond the Presidential Palace and who will do anything to stay in power, including sharing power with the Taliban. After voting a couple of times against longtime ally Iran and earning its wrath, New Delhi is beating a hasty line to Tehran, trying to claw its way back into favour. Gone are the heydays when India decisively stepped into East Pakistan to create Bangladesh; signed an accord with SriLankain 1987, staved off a coup in the Maldives and generally took a leadership role at various non-aligned fora. Now the very charges that the Congress levelled against the previous NDA regime are coming back to haunt it: the government has failed to deal effectively with Pakistan, failed to contain terrorism from that country, has been reduced to a subordinate relationship with the US, given its propensity to cosy up to Washington … Precisely two-and-a-half years after the UPA came back to power, the foreign policy flux is on all fronts, and the struggle to re-establish India’s influence is there for all to see. What is going on?
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