'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
In my opinion, the shift in our policy with regard to international relations after the assumption of power by the Modi government has made it almost difficult now to revive the past relations with neighboring countries based on cultural links. While it cannot be disputed that international relations of any nation cannot be static and is subject to changes depending on various internal and external factors, the potent urge to foster relations with countries across the world without giving the idea a wholesome thought has, in a way, led to deterioration of relations that were earlier maintained more diplomatically.
There are fair reasons to conclude that our PM has brought along the experience he had with foreign nations as Chief Minister of Gujarat which does not appear to have worked convincingly as far as the national arena is concerned. Vibrant Gujarat may have worked out due to different reasons but the same policy and logic does not seem to be working in the case of policies like Make in India.
Pakistan was always our enemy but it was not so with China though we had differences with them all the time. The shift in the policies of our other neighbors like NepaI, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and even Bhutan is something that need to be taken a serious note of. I think the efforts to get closer to the US has had a negative impact when all the subsequent developments are taken into consideration. In this connection it would be better to keep in mind that the Big Brother is actually no one's friend; US has always had its own interests in whatever it does.
So, there is a need to revisit our existing policy and change stands and strategies, if required, keeping the internal and external security and diplomatic factors in mind. A revival of our cultural links is a possible option that may bring in a positive change in the present scenario and I think government at the center should approach the issue in a more mature and pragmatic manner.
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