New Delhi: In these turbulent times, Jawaharlal Nehru's policies of non-alignment and mixed economy need to be revisited, says PC Jain, author of a book on India's foreign policy during the first prime minister's tenure.
"So many countries in Asia adopted the policy of non-alignment propounded by Nehru. They accepted him as an Afro-Asian leader and they backed the movement in the first meet of the non-aligned nations in 1961," said Jain, the author of "Economic Determinants of India's Foreign Policy (The Nehru Years 1947-1964)", published by Vitasta.
The non-aligned movement did not believe in aligning with or against any major power blocs.
"The policy of non-alignment cannot be revived because the economic policy of India has changed fundamentally. We have moved out of the mixed economy and social justice system to embrace capitalism. But there is a need to look at the policy because it had brought about a consensus in polity," said Jain, a foreign affairs expert and former head of the political science department at Bundelkhand University....more
08:34 PM, Jun 19, 2012