Minister of State
for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor
Stable India and Shaky South Asia
New Government needs to
reassess its Foreign Policy:
Stable India in Shaky
South Asia a relief for US. This is one of the headlines finding
prominent space in a section of the media. There is no doubt that
the result of the general election has come as a relief to the
Where East and West meet
The Storm Sweeping South Asia
Asking the media to shed its
“obsession” with Pakistan, Minister of State for External Affairs
Shashi Tharoor on August 19 rued the lack of expertise in the
country on international issues and exhorted the youth to think of
India’s place in the world.
“Our foreign policy debates in
parliament and the media seem obsessed with Pakistan, or worse
ephemeral about Pakistan,” Tharoor said in his lecture on Why
Foreign Policy Matters? at the Kennedy Hall Auditorium of the
Aligarh Muslim University here.
He called for a more proactive
participation by society, and particularly its educated young
people, in thinking about India’s place in the world, and asked them
to participate in shaping the country’s international posture.
"We do have a handful of thinkers on international issues
and a twist-full of thinker tanks, but in quantum and quality of
expertise and range of output they all have a long way to go before
they match the role played by, for example, their equivalents in the
United States", he added.
Dr. Tharoor said that the ultimate purpose of any
country's foreign policy is to promote the security and well-being
of its own citizens.
"We want a world that gives us the conditions of peace and
security that will permit us to grow and flourish, safe from foreign
de predations but open to external opportunities", he said.
Tharoor suggested that the situation will not improve unless we
improve the study of international affairs at our Colleges and
He said that the Ministry of External Affairs would
welcome much more spirited exchanges between MEA officials and
academician, the corporate sector and civil society and pleaded that
the sustainability and success of our international policy depends
on both leadership by the Government of India and the active
involvement of young Indian.
Dr. Tharoor called upon the youth to commit yourself to
thinking about India and the world - about Indian in the world - and
your own role in leading about it, helping to shape it, and on day,
I hope, helping to lead it.
reply to a question raised at the interactive session of the
lecture, Dr. Tharoor denied that Indian had departed from Nehru's
foreign policy of defending the Muslim World especially the Arab
Addressing the media, former UN Under Secretary General,
Dr. Tharoor has joined the voice against film actor Shahrukh Khan's
two-hour detention at a US Airport and said that this also happens
to hundreds of innocent Muslim daily who do not have billion people
to stand-up for them. "It raises real questions about US
procedures", he said.
While delivering the presidential remarks, AMU Vice
Chancellor, Professor P.K. Abdul Azis has said that the University
has decided to create a Center of International Studies and
diplomacy from the next academic session.
He said a retired senior most diplomat, Mr. Israt Aziz is
preparing the blue print of this proposed Center.
also said that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has
sanctioned Civil Service Coaching Academy with a grant of rupees ten
crores so that AMU would produce better civil servants to serve the