05 May A COVID blot on India’s foreign policy canvas (International relation, GS-2 the hindu)
Context:- Covid has forced india to accept foreign aid after a gap of 17 years. This has bound to have far-reaching strategic implications for India.
COVID 2.0 has quickened the demise of India’s regional primacy. India’s traditional primacy in the region was built on a mix of material aid, political influence and historical ties.
Why india will have a fragmented and a conciliatory foreign policy:
- Covid-2.0 mismanagement led to india diminishing material capability, shrinking military spending and a continuous political rhetoric shaken international confidence in india as a leading power.
- Countries in the indo pacific will have their policy towards china as india will not be able to fulfill their ambition.
- Upcoming elections in the states such as U.P. will somehow increase the political violence and will pull india’s ambition as a leading power because of it’s limited resources.
- Depressed economy with increase unemployment will increase the protest and decrease the demand.
- Countries which were likely against china are now getting onboard e.g Australian gave the port for 99 year to chinese.
What should India do in these challenging times?
- Focus on youth for employment
- Focus on management of COVID-2.0 crises.
- A all party focus on society and economy.
- Political consensus on COVID management.
- A calibrated policy towards friendly countries.