Nehru's Foreign Policy Essay

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Nehru’s foreign policy Raja Qaiser Ahmed, Maryam Asif, Maria Malik, Aimal Khan Nehru was not learned in the discipline of international relations or diplomacy. His was the world of an ardent nationalist who saw "these pacts and alliances and treaties... made in a desperate attempt to steady a quarrelsome and collapsing world. Nehru’s approach was wholly unreal. He saw it in the light of his personal predilections, which was shaped by his temperament and feelings. And his predominant feeling was hatred of British rule in India. In short, his ideas on international politics were only a projection of his nationalism. From the time of independence to the disastrous border conflict with the People Republic of China, three key features characterized India’s foreign policy. First, India played a significant role in multilateral institutions and particularly in United Nations peacekeeping operations. Second, it also emerged as a critical proponent of the nonaligned movement. Third, as a leader of the nonaligned movement it also made a significant contribution towards the process of decolonization. During Nehruvan era India at global level attempted to defuse Cold War tensions in a number of contexts regional and functional. India was aspiring for a global order which would hobble the use of force in international affairs. India also sought to play a vital role in United Nations peacekeeping operations as well as the peaceful resolution of regional disputes. In pursuit of these ends India became involved in the International Control Commission in Vietnam along with Canada and Poland, it was a key member of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission in Korea and it also made a significant troop contribution the United Nations Peacekeeping forces in the Belgian Congo. Nehru proved to be a tireless campaigner in the effort to bring about the end of decolonization.

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