Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy examines India's foreign policy options in order to ensure that the country retains its space for manoeuvre, to follow an independent foreign policy in the 21st century global scenario.

India's Strategic Choices

India's strategic choices

It has become commonplace to say that in the aftermath of the Cold War and the changed global strategic environment, there is need for new thinking in India's foreign policy. The US, so the argument goes, won the Cold War and it makes sense for India to hitch its wagon to the victor; Russia is down and out, and China will always be a hostile neighbour. The postulate that the collapse of the Soviet Union has created a unipolar world to which India must adjust is simplistic, inaccurate and flawed. It unacceptably implies that India's non-alignment was a sham when, in fact, non-alignment was about India having an independent foreign policy. Moreover, this argument is rooted in the global power ...

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