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2nd January, 2017: Editorial Analysis of The Hindu and other Newspapers
Non Alignment refers to not joining any alliance and exercising “strategic autonomy”. India spearheaded this ideology during Cold War era.NAM has always been controversial.In present times with Cold War 2.0 emerging, the relevance of it is once again challenged.The main arguments against it are: 1.India is having “strategic partnership” with 30 nations.This already dilutes the founding principle of NAM 2.PM Modi’s decision to not attend Venezuela NAM summit clearly shows India’s lackadaisical attitude towards NAM. 3. India approaching IMF post 1991 crises clearly indicated its shift away from NAM. 4.India could never maintain it in practise.Treaty of Friendship with Russia clearly showed it. 5.NAM costed India its territorial sovereignty in 1962 war as none of the major power came to its support. 6.Division within NAM has brought it to a naught. However,NAM should also not be discarded.The arguments in its favour are: 1.The very basic nature of not having any “binding principles” make NAM an ideal platform. 2.India has been able to influence UN through NAM 3.NAM still serves as a forum to project anti terrorist sentiments 4.NAM prevented neocolonisation and created South-South block. 5.Pakisthan despite having been in CENTA and SEATO ended up being a pawn. Foreign policy requires “long term vision” rather “knee jerk” reaction.India can retain in leverage by upholding NAM principles.Today it need to “compete” as well as “cooperate”. NAM provides the best opportunity for it. Strategic alliances should be pursued without abdicating sovereignty, the best case being recent LEMOA with USA.
Hardik Siroha
3 years ago
Please review:)
Nice points Hardik :). I think NAM lost its significance in present world.
Hardik Siroha
3 years ago
Thanks Vignesh, well i tried to strike a balance rather than just thrashing it cause govt hasn't declared its termination till now no.
I think government is also in dilemma as of now. As a founding member we cannot just leave the group
Hardik Siroha
3 years ago
even i feel so, however foreign policy is surely not getting the requisite attention in our country. BTW review my other answer too i just posted it.
Shubham Sagar
3 years ago
great answer... would just like to suggest that u cud have added how govt's approach has shifted from non alignment to multi alignment eg. balancing its interest in middle east and with both Russia and US
Hardik Siroha
3 years ago
@akash ok i will
Hardik Siroha
3 years ago
@subham thanks buddy. ya you're right, good point thanks :)
Rohit Mattu
3 years ago
Hardik Very good answer and well structured :)
Rohit Mattu
3 years ago
Please review mine one too
Hardik Siroha
3 years ago
Thanks Rohit, sure.