In this article, we will discuss Contemporary Challenges for India’s Foreign Policy. So, let’s get started.
Contemporary Challenges for India’s Foreign Policy
- Growing Russia-China Axis: Russia has become increasingly interested in its periphery’s affairs. Furthermore, sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea have pushed it towards a closer relationship with China that can certainly deflect its interest in India.
- Self-Imposed Isolation of India: Currently, India remains isolated from supranational bodies like South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Moreover, India has opted out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
- Self-imposed isolation does not fit with India’s ambition to become a global power.
- Weakening Ties with Neighbors: A more worrying concern for Indian foreign policy is weakening ties with the neighbors. This can be seen from instances like China’s Cheque Book Diplomacy vis-a-vis Sri Lanka and Pakistan, strain in relation with Bangladesh on National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue and a border dispute with Nepal.
- Thus instead of looking towards development of the country, India is forced to invest heavily in security.