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5) Non Alignment is one of the most important legacy of Indian foreign policy which need not be sacrificed at the altar of pragmatism. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or
affecting India’s interests

5) Non Alignment is one of the most important legacy of Indian foreign policy which need not be sacrificed at the altar of pragmatism. Discuss.(250 words)

Indianexpress

Why this question

The article delves deep into Indian foreign policy of non alignment, explains what the policy meant for India and the form of non alignment that would help  India in navigating the tides of global politics.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to explain the indian policy of non Alignment and what impact it has had on India’s relation with other nations. Thereafter, we need to analyze the pros and cons of India’s dalliance with non alignment and explain the nature of non alignment that might be more prudent in the current times.

Directive word

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain the Nehruvian idea of non alignment.

Body

  • Explain how India’s experience with the policy of non alignment has been – as the leader of non aligned movement, and its relationship with major powers
  • Discuss the pros and cons of the policy of non Alignment in terms of its impact on achievement of the foreign policy objectives of india. Discuss the difference between strategic autonomy and non alignment
  • Examine the form and nature of non alignment that would work for India – issue based alignment and not ideological

Conclusion – Give a fair and balanced view and discuss way forward.

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