Manipal Dialogue launched with talk on Indias foreign policyBy Alexander Chandy
Udupi Today Media Network
Manipal, 21 September 2017: Manipal University launched “Manipal Dialogue” on Friday as a prelude to the silver jubilee celebrations of the University next year. Vice Chancellor Dr. H Vinod Bhat speaking at a special lecture organized by the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations in collaboration with Ananta Centre said that a number of special lectures on higher education, healthcare, advances in science and technology and foreign policy would be held throughout the year.
Friday’s lecture was delivered by P.S Raghavan, Convenor, National Security Advisory Board on, “India's Foreign Policy in the Twenty First Century: From Non-Alignment to Multi-Alignment”. The special lecture focused on the emerging dimensions of India’s foreign policy orientations aimed at creating a conducive external environment for India’s national development.
The end of the Cold War era provided geopolitical impetus to India to realign its foreign policy priorities and interests in a multi-polar international system. The fundamental goals and objectives of India’s foreign policy was discussed in a comprehensive manner. The major parameters and indicators of India’s rise in the international system was extrapolated, for instance, the role that India’s 1998 nuclear tests played in elevating India’s global position. India is now being heard in all the major global forums.
Raghavan in his wide-ranging talk touched up on India’s relations with major powers like the United States, Russia, China, the European Union as well as India’s political, economic, diplomatic and strategic engagement with Southeast and East Asian countries, West Asian countries and the neighbourhood. He emphasized the need to understand the geopolitical logic of India’s strategy abroad from a realist and pragmatic perspective.
Countries across the spectrum in international relations craft their foreign policies based on a cost-benefit analysis of their core interests and this fact, was opined, should be the primary determinant of India’s foreign policy towards other countries. The challenges posed to India’s national security objectives by the changing dynamics of geopolitics was discussed in detail during the lecture. An assessment of India’s external and internal challenges was a major focus of the talk.
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