India Foreign Relations

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India’s foreign policy aims to create an external environment conducive to its rapid development. It has also maintained friendly relations with all other countries of the world. India was the founder member nation of NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) and to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty, it has always been committed to the use of dialog instead of force. Always participated in the forefront to strengthen the NAM and making it effective in the world.

Have you seen any other country making a policy “no-first use of nuclear weapons” and it has always stood for a complete nuclear disarmament. As one of its founder members, India has followed the principles of United Nations and has played the lead roles as far as UN peace-keeping operations are concerned. India has a great image the world over and it has succeeded in keeping peaceful and mutually cohesive relations with other countries. India is a member of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Significant steps have been taken to strengthen regional co-operation of the member countries.

India has never invaded or attacked any country. Instead it has always taken the defensive strategy and it seems that India is seen as a soft target. That’s why Pakistan has attacked our country many times and the proxy war is still on. China also attacked India in the year 1962 and it claims Arunachal Pradesh as its own territory. India is united country where every people of different religions live together. Those who consider India as a soft state are misguided in asserting India. The culture of the country has stopped India in taking offensive steps but India is determined to protect its integrity and sovereignty and that is why Pakistan has always been defeated in the war, the same that has happened to China as well. So, our neighbors should stop claiming our territory their own.

India’s friendly foreign policy and strategic location has made India a major player in the world. It has friendly and strategic relations with all the major powers of the world like United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Japan as well as other countries like Russia, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, China etc. Economic as well as military collaborations are growing rapidly with other countries.

India’s foreign policy has stood the test of the times and has made sure other countries have found a really amiable and cooperative country as an ally.