Written by foreign policy experts, academics and practioners, this book develops the frameworks and strategies for India’s foreign policy that can be adopted to meet the emerging challenges and non-traditional threats in the new world order. It studies the important aspects of India’s foreign policy in the present unsettled world order and comes up with strategies and policy suggestions. It raises several questions to highlight the future direction of foreign policy and the challenges that India may have to deal with in the coming years. The book covers the domestic dimension of the country’s foreign policy, which is often missed out in policy discussion. It examines the close link between national security and foreign policy, and shows how foreign policy can be leveraged to strengthen the economy and make India a hub of innovation. This book emphasizes soft power strategies to ensure that a strategic approach to soft power projection is adopted. India’s Foreign Policy: Surviving in a Turbulent World is a ready reference on India’s foreign policy that can be used to understand the complexities of the topics covered.
Chapter 13: India's Relations with its SAARC Neighbours
India's Relations with its SAARC Neighbours
India's relations with its SAARC neighbours have seen many ups and downs barring Pakistan and Bhutan. With the former, they have always been very bad and with the latter always very good.
The volatility in India's relations with each of its SAARC neighbours, notwithstanding their multifaceted links, is to an extent attributable to the huge power differential between them. This has often bred unnecessary fears and suspicions among them, which in the absence of frequent high-level exchanges have tended to create trust deficits and adversely colour relations. These negativities have been reinforced by perceptions, some real and some imagined, of Indian arrogance and interference.
Another factor making for volatility ...