Era of 'great caution' in foreign policy is over, India needs to 'step out more': Jaishankar on LAC standoff
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid escalating tensions between India and China over border disputes, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar has emphasised that “India needs to shed its traditional caution if the country wants to grow”.
Speaking at an event, the External Affairs Minister noted that “India needs to step out more, be more confident and articulate its interests”, adding that New Delhi has moved away from the traditional notions of non-alignment.
“If we are to grow by leveraging the international situation, we have to exploit the opportunities out there. Can’t do that by saying, ‘I’m going to stay away from it all and when I find it convenient I will step out’. Either you’re in the game or you’re not in the game. The era of great caution and greater dependence on multilateralism is behind us,” Dr Jaishankar was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
“We have to step out more. We have to be more confident, we have to articulate our interests better. We need to take risks. Without taking risks, you can’t get ahead. Those are choices we have to make,” he added.
Speaking about non-alignment, Dr Jaishankar said that it is a term of a “particular era and a particular geopolitical landscape”. He noted that there are two aspects to it, adding that one part of it is to be ‘independent’ while the other part was ‘legitimate’ in the 50s and 60s and staying out of others’ problems.
“Today, India has a contribution to make. People turn to our solutions. We’re no longer the bystander. We have a contribution to make. We have to weigh in on big issues – like the rules for connectivity, maritime security, terrorism and climate change,” The Times of India quoted Dr S Jaishankar as saying.
Jaishankar’s remarks come at a time when the tensions between India and China are escalating across the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India and China were locked in a standoff at several points across the LAC over the last two months.
The tensions between the two Asian giants had further increased after the violent clash at the Galwan Valley that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers. However, after a series of talks between top military commanders of the two sides, India and China have agreed to disengage troops at the four friction points, restoring the status quo.
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