Why India should preserve its ties to Russia

The transition of India’s foreign policy mindset during the post-Cold War period from an international outlook to a national one, and then its colossal drop to provincial thinking, is a tragic phenomenon.

One outcome has been the tendency to reduce foreign policy to a single theme – India’s relations with the United States – which began after the Narasimha Rao government (1991-96).

Narasimha Rao was India’s last prime minister with an erudite mind on international affairs, who of course benefited from the pedagogy of Jawaharlal Nehru, who had every reason to have a world outlook while navigating the Congress party through a complex period between two World Wars when the country was locked in a struggle for freedom with a superpower – imperial Britain – with an empire over which the sun never set.

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