A change in outlook: India’s foreign policy read into in Manipal dialogue.2 min read
Manipal: The first series of Manipal Dialogue, organised by the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University kick-started with a lecture by P.S.Raghavan on “India’s Foreign Policy in the 21st century: From Non-Alignment to Multialignment” at MV Seminar Hall, on September 15.
P.S. Raghavan has been part of important diplomatic missions in Russia, Poland, UK, Vietnam and South Africa, and has been ambassador to the Czech Republic, Ireland, and Russia. He has also served at various levels including Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office and Chief Coordinator of the BRICS Summit in New Delhi.
Addressing the crowd on the development of India’s national objectives like economic growth and elimination of poverty in the shortest possible time, he stressed on how a country’s foreign policy should be implemented in such a manner that it doesn’t disturb any other country, politically and militarily.
In an hour-long session, he emphasised on India’s relations with different nations, where he said that India is not a self-reliant weapon country and in order to emerge strongly in a multi-polar world, we would need to have a vibrant set of relationships with all great powers such as the US.
“We have always been trying to get the US to preach moderation to Pakistan and to try to restrain Pakistan from worst of its existence against us. Our relations with the US have become remarkable after Prime Minister Modi’s visits to the US,” he said.
He also spoke about India’s strategy after the cold war, to develop relations with the US and other Western nations, without straining its relationship with Russia, as it provides us with important technologies. “Our armed forces depend on Russia for about 60 to 70 percent of weapons and modern equipment. Till now we have signed more than 10 nuclear power pacts,” he said.
While addressing the topic of India and China’s relations, he said that China’s main strategy was to use Pakistan to keep India ‘suppressed’ in South Asia, in an effort to expand its influence globally. He also stressed on better relations as the trade between the two countries add to India’s revenue.
The talk concluded with Raghavan praising the diplomatic steps taken by the current union government.
Edited by: Shriya Ramakrishnan
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