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India - Looking East, But Long Way to Go

India is finally beginning to flex its muscles and implementing its Look East Policy. The oil deal with Vietnam unfazed by Chinese objection to oil exploration in the South China Sea augurs well. However, China still has the edge in the region. While we may be enthusiastic over the oil deal, the Vietnamese media has given more coverage to the five-day visit of the ruling party leader to China, which has resulted in signing of several five-year deals for enhancing trade ties, training and education and cooperation between the Communist parties of both countries. India needs to be more proactive in the region and engage in long term relationships to strengthen its strategic interests, and to balance the growing Chinese influence. The India-Vietnam Friendship Year 2012 provides an opportunity for the country to enhance ties and reach out to the people of the South-East Asia nation.

India's Foreign Policy - Enlightened Self-interest

The ongoing anti-corruption movement has generated lot of discussions, debates, diverse opinions and huge media coverage. People are expressing their opinion on a critical issue of national interest more openly and on a public platform. We should hope that whatever happens now, will only strengthen Indian democracy. We will have much more clarity after a few days. Positive results on the domestic front, may also enhance Indian's influence on global affairs in the long run. 

Meanwhile, let's shift our focus on India's foreign policy. Powered by the economic and financial reforms, development of the IT sector and high growth rate, India  has been successful in changing the perception of the international community over the last few decades. India's approach at international level has also witnessed a strategic shift. Just a few decades back, arrival of each foreign dignitary was highlighted by the media. These days, only a passing reference is made to such visits with …

Indo-Pak Dialogue

Talks or no talks, engage or disengage, war or no war, dialogue or no-dialogue, Kargil or 26/11, Kashmir or infiltration, nuclear test or bus service, military rule or elected government, Dawood or Hafeez, cricket or no cricket, Indo-Pak relations are always a news. 
An attack leads to war rhetoric, a meeting of diplomats results in euphoria. 
News that sells, attracts public attention. The world looks on. Bizarrely, the result remains the same. Indira and Zulfikar, Rajiv and Benazir, Atal and Musharraf, Manmohan and Gilani. Two steps forward and 4 steps backward. India says ISI, Pakistan says RAW. New Delhi remains in dilemma and juggles between handling domestic pressure and its urge to be considered a responsible state in the global dynamics.
64 years after partition, 40 years after the last Indo-Pak war, 12 years after the Kargil war, 10 years after Parliament attack and Agra Summit, 32 months after 26/11, as the two foreign secretaries put it, we are still exploring each other.