India’s Defense Diplomacy: Guidelines for Wise Foreign Policy

India’s Defense Diplomacy: Guidelines for Wise Foreign Policy

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India’s defense minister is engaged in an ongoing "Defence Diplomacy" that has been evoking quite the encouraging response from the world community. Such a policy provides guidelines the United States government itself should be using in foreign affairs. Let’s follow the example of the world’s largest democracy, so we can hope to reclaim our heritage as one of the "most-respected" democracies.

"Defence cooperation with other powers should be an integral part of our diplomatic exercise. This should be possible because India’s defence and foreign policies are rooted in the same ideological basis – no territorial ambition, no ideological export." The objective of such diplomacy is to maintain peace and tranquillity along India’s borders, to defuse tension and to engage in defense-related dialogue with other powers. (The Hindu)

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