India’s intensive global engagement has helped the furtherance of ‘Indian national interests’ that was the buzz word in S Jaishankar’s speech in Rajya Sabha.
National interest is what often dictates a nation’s foreign policy, the EAM made it clear that Indian foreign policy is will seek to further the national interests even as it believes in the concept of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas.
The indication of this can be seen in the ‘Neighbourhood First policy’ in which all the immediate neighbours have a robust relationship with India except the state of Pakistan.
The EAM lashed out saying that this nation remains the only neighbour with whom India has trouble maintaining a relationship with, as terrorism is used a tool of foreign policy by the western neighbour.
Economic interests often dictate the foreign policy of nations. In this regard, it was pointed out that there is a need to review the various Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s) and their contribution to India’s economic development. He said that the government is in the process of reviewing it with South Korea and Japan and is in the process of negotiating one with the European Union.
A nation like India will have to play its cards confidently and, in this regard, it was pointed out that India is an emerging world power and PM Modi’s various visits have proved that in terms of the outcomes. Security is an important factor and it was said that other nations will have to understand India’s independent policy.
Strategic autonomy and national interest is the Mantra that Narendra Modi government is working on and that seems to be yielding returns.