India’s Foreign Policy and Regional Multilateralism by Arndt Michael

By Arndt Michael

The booklet offers a singular analytical standpoint on nearby multilateralism in South Asia and its neighbouring areas and covers the genesis, evolution and standing quo of the 4 significant neighborhood corporations.

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25–102), and 1947/48 immediately witnessed the first IndoPakistani war over Kashmir. At the global level, Nehru incessantly campaigned for universal nuclear disarmament, and in 1954, Nehru and the Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai signed the Panchsheel agreement (cf. above). Under Nehru’s guidance, India’s adherence to these goals was uneven and ambiguous. For example, India failed to unequivocally condemn the Soviet invasion of Hungary, but expressed early reservations about the role of the USA in Vietnam.

Nehru stressed this relationship several times. In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 20 December 1956, he repeated that ‘means are as important as ends. If the means are not right, the end is also likely to be not right, however, much we may want it to be right’ (Nehru, 1961, p. 179). The third major traditional value of India’s foreign policy is the commitment to ‘non-violence’. , Appadorai, 1981, p. 35). Ahimsa does not only mean not to kill anybody or to abstain oneself from doing harm to others, but also connotes genuine harmlessness in thought, word, and deed.

The framework of India’s foreign policy The impact of British colonialism on the development of India’s foreign policy10 and the primacy of independence and national interest British rule in India impacted, in five different dimensions, the development of India’s foreign policy. First, it gave a stimulus to the national movement for freedom which in turn led to India’s support for the freedom of dependent peoples; second, racial inequality that existed during British rule made India wary of racial discrimination and, in turn, led to India’s emphasis on racial equality in her foreign policy; third, India voluntarily chose to remain a member of the Commonwealth even after becoming a republic and Nehru then acted in the name of the Commonwealth.

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