A two day National Seminar on “Changing Dynamics of India’s Foreign Policy”, being organized by the Department of Political Science, University of Jammu, began here today.
Professor Madhu Bhalla, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi and Editor, India Quarterly, a reputed journal of Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, delivered the keynote address and figured out changing dynamics of India’s Foreign Policy in the light of constantly changing domestic and external environment. She articulated that the contemporary global environment has become more complex as the world has become economically more interdependent and politically decentralization has increased.
While explaining the matrix of Great Power status, Professor Bhalla stated that India is a rising power that has the status of middle power at the moment. In her speech, she figured out India’s stakes in the SAARC, ASEAN, SCO, WTO and BRICS. She further articulated that India aspires to play a leading role in the Indo-Pacific region and Asia at large. She concluded by arguing that India has moved away from Nehruvian foreign policy postures and is celebrating what it considers as the Nehruvian antithesis, however the ideational framework of the past will continue to have a hold on policy.
Professor R D Sharma, Vice Chancellor, JU, who presided over the inaugural function and delivered presidential address, articulated how the economic and security policies of India are connected with its foreign policy. He argued that the present NDA dispensation has been continuing and accelerating the process of economic liberalization to improve India’s economic strength to improve national security scenario.
Earlier, Professor Baljit Singh introduced theme of the seminar and highlighted macro and micro changes which have been taking place in India’ Foreign Policy during the last 27 years ranging from climate change to international political economy and its preeminent presence in the Indian Ocean.
Professor M Tajuddin, Head Department of Political Science, presented welcome address while Ellora Puri, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, JU, proposed the vote of thanks.
Professor Kuldip Singh from GNDU, Amritsar, Professor Karori Singh from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Professor K S Sidhu, Professor Kamal Kinger, Dr Umrao Siingh from Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Mathew Joseph from Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, Dr J M Moosa from JNU, Dr Naseema Akther from KU and Dr Jaskaran Singh, Head Department of National Security Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Prof M Tajuddin from JU resented papers on various sub-themes of the National Seminar.