Section A

India’s Foreign Policy

To Begin With…

The Foreign policy of India traces its roots to the noble idea of “Vasud- haiva Kutumbakam”, evident since the ancient times when Ashoka and other great kings sent their messengers far and wide for the propagation of Buddhism and Jainism, without resorting to armed invasion. More recently, our foreign policy evolved rapidly during time of freedom struggle as an important component of the resolutions of Indian National Congress. Jawahar Lal Nehru also believed that India’s foreign policy was rooted in India’s civilization and traditions and in India’s struggle for freedom.

The foreign policy of post-independence India is considered to be strongly idealistic. Nehru’s Panchsheel principle, asserting ...

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