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Geetha Shankar, Bangalore
Modi’smuscular & pragmatic foreign policy!
Though foreign policy of any country happens to be a well-planned and pre-calculated statement of its ideals and goals but theirconstant application some-times create challenges before the decision-maker due to occasional differencesregarding them. It is in this context, the new Indian Prime Minister NarendraModi began his inning expressing his firm commitment to the proclaimed objectives of India’s foreign policy viz. peace, non-violence, non-alignment etc., founded by the architect and first Prime Minister of independent India,Late JawaharLal Nehru.As Vice-Chairman of the Interim-Council, prior to independence, Nehruhad clarified about independent India’s role in the world,in his address over All India Radio on 7th September 1946.
Notwithstanding its glorious decades after India’s independence,the global scenario after the end of Cold War witnessed a sea-change, with the USA moving fromSuper-Powerrole to become the first HyperPower in the world-controlling even the ideas of people.Unfortunately the disintegration of the erstwhile USSR, at this time, motivated India to opt for close relations with the US as an effective security-architecture against evolving Beijing-Islamabad axis, hostile to India. ThusIndia’s shift towards Washington for protection of its national interests was justified.
As India is a largest-successful and vibrant democracy having huge population consisting of world-class intellectuals and professionals, skilled labourers, booming economy, state of the art R&D facility, advanced industries, powerful army and also being a founder-member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)- known as the largest movement of humanity-it deserves to be recognised as an emerging global power and, consequently, be designated with a responsible role in all significant international and global forums, so that it may- while working in consonance with its ancient cultural ethos- contribute towards establishing peace, prosperityand security in the world, which today bears the brunt of macabre threats of terrorism and religious fundamentalism,besides several other explosive dangers. Indeed, India cannot occupy a permanent seat the United Nations Security Council and membership of other prominent groupings like G-8, Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Nuclear Suppliers Groups (NSG) etc. without the US’ concurrence.India also needs American support for modern technology,latest armaments and other economic gains and also for exerting pressure on the global terror-outfits like Jaish-e-Muhammad;Hijb-ul- Mujahideen; Haqqani terror-network;Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and upon Pakistan’s exportedcross-border terrorism too. Indeed, India is one of the worstsufferers of terrorism which had already lost two very promising prime ministers in the past. It has also suffered the worst terror attacks viz.Bombay Stock Exchange, 26/11 in Mumbai, Banglore Bakery attack, Delhi High Court etc., besides regular ongoing terror-strikes including burning of schools and fierce attacks on army and para-military base camps and residential villages in Jammu and Kashmir and innumerable cease-fire violations by Pakistan along LOC, particularly after India’s successful surgical strikes into the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Hence, India needs a very strong and effective mechanism for its security against cross-border terrorism and global terrorism, which requires close monitoring and information-sharing regarding movement of terrorists and their future targets, in whichcooperation by the US, Russia, England, France and Israel will definitely be very meaningful.
Though India under PM Modi acted enthusiastically for forging closer relations with America in economic, security and other important areas and made significant compromises in its principleswith view to accommodate the American concerns, but the US always played double game with India by creating a working balance with Pakistan as well as China and never supported New Delhi on either of its most pressing concerns viz. permanent membership in the UNSC; its fight against Pakistan’s cross-border terrorism and China’s rising aggressive-militarist assertions in the Asia-Pacific region. Hence, India has tomodify its ongoing pro-US foreign policy towards muscular pragmatism, involving surgical strikes and massive arms buildupfor ensuring security of the country. This is why, India has again turned towards Russia and the just concluded BRICS summit provided this opportunity to the PM Modi to befriend President Putin with firm-resolve and the event saw a big military arms-deal between the two old trusted-friends. This will really provide a fresh blood to India’s hitherto sagging relations with Moscow. Considering the prevailing challenges after India’s surgical strike,Islamabad appears hell-bent to enact a massive retaliation, and in this effort China’s full-fledged support to Pakistan is highly worrisome for India. Further,Beijing’s anti-Indian role was apparent in the recent BRICS summit in Goa where Beijing stalled India’s sincere efforts for elimination of terrorism, on the ground, that any country’s name should not be associated with terrorism and also that one must not forget the great sacrifices rendered by Islamabad in the global fight against terror. Further, China blocked India’s effortsin the United Nations to name MaulanaMasoodAzhar as a terrorist and also expressed its ambivalence for India’s candidature for permanent membership in the UN Security Council, besides having already stalled India’s entry into NSG.
Indeed, all these Sino-Pakistani overtures portend bad-men for the peace and security of not only India but for the entire Indo-Pacific region wherein China is particularly interested to annex the entire South China Sea into its maritime territory but that has already been rejected by International Court of Arbitration at the Hague. This legal defeat has made Beijing very aggressive and prompted it to adopt other crooked-tactics wherein Pakistan is extending its wholehearted support with a view to encircle India.
Thus India, instead of meekly following the US, must continue asserting as a responsible-muscular power capable enough to protect its national security and so-interests,having firm commitment for its self-propounded doctrine of non-alignment, while exercisingfreedom of action and independence of judgment, which had, indeed, accrued an unique honour and influence for India during the initial decades immediately after the second-World War. This can be regained by India as nothing is beyond endeavour.
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi
Associate Professor, Political Science,
M.D.P.G. College, Pratapgarh(UP),
C/O Late Sri N.P. Tripathi,
Naya Mal Godam Road, Narsinghbhanpur,
Dist: PRATAPGARH(UP), INDIA.
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