A foreign policy short of ideas

Article Date: 
9 Apr 2009

India's immediate neighborhood comprises of countries that are becoming increasingly politically unstable. While the problems of Pakistan and Afghanistan make it to the headlines of newspapers worldwide, these two countries are not the only ones witnessing serious internal turmoil.

The Sri Lankan state is in the midst of a massive military operation against the banned Tamil guerrila outfit, the LTTE - an operation that has carried on far longer than imagined and taken the lives of many civilians. Bangladesh recently witnessed an attempted mutiny by its border security guards. Meanwhile, domestic instability and political uncertainty continue to simmer in Nepal and Myanmar.

With countries at its periphery becoming more and more unstable, a clear and definite foreign policy agenda is needed from New Delhi. Commentators in the Indian media have been urging for innovation and direction from the Foreign Ministry, especially with regard to policy within South Asia. (While it aspires to be a global player, India has never fashioned a sufficiently directed and determined foreign policy within its region.)

Article Author: 
Aaradhana Jhunjhunwala
Article Source: 
Open India