Tiffin Talk: Elusive Consensus: Foreign policy debates in India

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28 November 2013 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

The supposed national consensus over foreign policy issues was taken for granted in India in the first 50 years. But in recent years, particularly in the new millennium, India’s debates on foreign policy and strategic affairs have become strident and divergent. India’s bilateral relations with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and United States have become a source of enough acrimony to break political alliances and threaten the stability of governments. Does this mean Indian political parties are guided merely by electoral calculations? Does it mean there is no uniform view of what constitutes India’s national interest? Does it also mean that within India visions vary on the path the country should follow for its progress? Most importantly, how does India resolve this lingering political conflict?

About the Speaker: 

Varughese K George is undertaking an Emerging Leader Fellowship at the Australia India Institute. Varughese is political bureau chief of Hindustan Times, India's leading English-language daily. Based in New Delhi, he writes on and oversees coverage of politics and policy for the paper. Over a 10-year career, Varughese has worked with Indian Express and Tehelka; and has won several awards. He was selected Ramnath Goenka Journalist of the Year in 2006.