India trusts more in forging partnerships than making associations with other nations as one has to sail with the collective decision in associations irrespective of one’s liking and disliking unlike partnerships, former Indian Ambassador to Armenia, Achal Kumar Malhotra expressed on Monday.
He was addressing the faculty, students and research scholars at a guest lecture on ‘India’s Foreign Policy:
UGC Centre for SAARC Studies organizes current priorities and relevance of SAARC in association with the departments of Economics, commerce and management and Social work of Andhra University.
Giving a brief account of the fundamental objectives of Indian’s foreign policy, he expressed non-interference was the cardinal principle of Indian diplomacy. However, e were interventions on the part of India when there was an appeal from global stakeholders such as the United Nations.
“India has never been an aggressor, but a believer of dialogues. Careful and measured responses such as surgical strikes follow if needed. India has always believed in strategic autonomy by balancing its relations with the U.S. and Russia,” he expressed while elaborating on different facets of diplomacy such as political, economic and cultural.
Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao explained about the backdrop in which the lecture was being organized. The principal of the College of Arts and Commerce K. Rama Mohana Rao stressed the importance of the foreign policy of a country. Honorary Director of UGC Centre for SAARC Studies M. Prasada Rao expressed that research was being undertaken at the Centre for SAARC Studies with a special focus on South Asia. Students and research scholars participated in a question-answer session organized after the lecture.