Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Abject failure of UPA Government’s foreign policy

India's autonomy in the conduct of foreign policy has been seriously undermined.

• Although India should continue to have close and multi-dimensional friendship with the United States, the UPA Government ignored the fundamental truth that the US foreign policy is guided primarily by its own national interests and that India must do what is in India's national interest. The abandonment of autonomy was most evident in two issues: handling the menace of Pak-sponsored terrorism and the Indo-US nuclear deal.

• The UPA Government has been derelict in its duty by neglecting India's vital internal security interests, as is evident in the manner in which it turned a blind eye to illegal immigration from Bangladesh and to the Maoist insurgency in Nepal.

• The UPA Government's neighbourhood policy has been a disaster. Under its rule, our neighbourhood turned more unfriendly towards India than at any time in the past sixty years, Nepal and Sri Lanka being the most striking examples.

• Under UPA's rule, India's relations with a traditional ally like Russia were downgraded, as a result of which they considerably lost their warmth and closeness. Indeed, the quality of India's relations with all the major allies has suffered due to a lack of focus and commitment.

• The momentum and vigour that the Vajpayee government had introduced in India's relations with Iran and countries in Central Asia and also in its Look East Policy have disappeared.

• The UPA Government failed to engage countries in Africa and Latin America, thereby impairing the strength of India's global diplomacy and also the opportunities in economic diplomacy.

• The current  crisis in the global economy presents major challenges and opportunities before India. The UPA Government has left India unprepared in this vital area. There is an urgent need for India to engage the international community for restructuring of the global financial institutions for stable, equitable and sustainable growth of the world economy.


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