Authored By: S.K. Mishra
Year of Publication: 2017
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Category: History / Political Science / Current Affairs
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Foreign policy is an expression of a country’s perception of and projection to the world of its national interest. India has always had a conspicuous element of moral values in the formulation of foreign policy. Thus, even if India promotes self interest, it is an enlightened one. However, there is a mix of pragmatism and idealism, best reflected in its decisions to abstain from joining the NPT and CTBT, while remaining committed to non-proliferation and a nuclear free world. While taking steps to weaponise its nuclear programme, India proclaimed unilateral moratorium on further tests as well as no-first use. India took unambiguous positions when NPT signatories such as Iran and North Korea seemed to depart from their international commitments.
India can enrich existing debates by offering alternative ideas such as ‘Responsibility while Protecting’ (RwP) alongside ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P), ‘development partnership’ rather than ‘economic aid’ and ‘engagement’ rather than ‘confrontation or containment’. These formulations/reformulations help infuse existing concepts with sensibilities/sensitivities that are in tune with the needs of India. However, Indian perspective involves not just revisiting existing debates and issues, but also re-conceptualizing them. Some such conceptualizing / reconceptualising emanating from India includes the notion of non-violence, Satyagraha, non-alignment, Panchsheel, human development/security and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.
The changing contours of the Indian economy need to be understood in the context of significant shifts in global economic power. Instead of India merely replicating others, there is an urgent need to revisit global monetary and fiscal best practices and develop alternative New Delhi Consensus to the dominant Washington/Beijing consensus. The leading role that India has come to play in the global economy is demonstrated in the WTO multilateral trade talks and in the debates over the reform of the global financial architecture. On other issues such as climate change, human rights and terrorism, the predominant view of India cannot be ignored by the international community while attempting to re-conceptualize the evolving global and regional orders. How India accommodates hegemonic United States, rising China and assertive neighbours will have a profound impact upon India’s foreign policy.
Indian foreign policy and India’s approach to the conduct of the foreign relations therefore will have to be an extremely pragmatic one which despite its idealist content should be based on the harsh realities of International Politics.
Dr. S.K. Mishra is presently Principal in GDC Memorial College, Bahal (Bhiwani) Hariyana (Affiliated to M.D. University, Rohtak). Formerly head of the department Defence Studies, various Govt. College of Haryana (HES-I). He has been teaching in the department since 1979. He has participated, presented, keynote speaker and chairperson in many national/international seminars and workshops related to national securityNational interest,Peace development and humanity. He is also as advisor of Defence Monitor National Magazine. He has written edited 36 books and more than a thousand articles and research articles onsecurity and defence and development subjects published in national and international journals, Magazines and Newspapers. Dr. Mishra has also participated in many debates, discussions and extensionlectures on these and other current affairs on the Door Darshan and Radio.
Dr. Mishra awarded the First, Second and Third prize for original and quality writing of India’s defence and security issues in Hindi by the Ministry of Defence Govt. of India continuously for Three times. Special awards for quality essay writing bt the Human resource and development ministry. Govt of India in 2000.‘Man of the year’ award in 1999 given by the American Biographical institute Awarded and honoredby Distinct and state administrative of Haryana Government as also by various social, educational and literary institutions of the region. He is also visiting fellow in Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur. He is also examine and conducted Ph.D. Viva Voce Top most rank officers of Indian Army and Airforce of the Army Staff (General), Lt. Gen., Major Gen. Wing Commander.