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India is no longer non-aligned: Pragmatic shift or high-risk gamble?

India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale on Thursday said that the country is no longer a ‘non-aligned’ state, and follows issue-based alignment. This signals a significant change in India’s foreign policy stance. ThePrint asks: India is no longer non-aligned: Pragmatic shift or high-risk gamble? India's non-alignment policy emerged in a certain historical context Sujit Dutta Senior Fellow & Cluster Leader, VIF India's non-aligned foreign policy emerged in a certain historical context. The Cold War began the year India became independent and the nation wanted to avoid being dragged into it. When the Cold War ended, the strategic environment changed dramatically. During the Cold War, India was largely an inward-looking economy. But in the post-Cold War era, it opened up the economy to other nation-states as well. Growth increased as trade and investment ties began to spread. India's foreign policy needed to adjust to the new context, have ties with all major powers, new strategic partnerships that would...
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India is no longer ‘non-aligned’, says Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said India follows a policy of issue-based alignment, and should strive to be part of the rule-making process.
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V.K. Krishna Menon, the ‘evil genius’ behind the non-aligned movement

Considered close to former PM Jawaharlal Nehru, Menon is said to have played a major role in setting up India's arms industry.

On Camera

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Samjhauta blast acquittals have turned India’s accusing finger at Pakistan inwards

After the Samjhauta acquittal, it will be difficult for Indians to look Pakistanis in the eye and ask them tough questions about terrorism and 26/11 Mumbai attack.
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Should liberals and Congress feel sorry for LK Advani not being on the BJP list?

Many Congress supporters and commentators expressed their disappointment over the BJP’s decision to drop LK Advani from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar seat for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Defence

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Security forces given ‘free hand’ in Kashmir Valley weeks before Lok Sabha polls

Modi govt bans Yasin Malik's JKLF. Home ministry official says it was responsible for the genocide & exodus of Kashmiri Pandits.
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China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?