Contemporary Challenges for India’s Foreign Policy

In this article we will discuss Contemporary Challenges for India’s Foreign Policy

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.

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