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Non-Alignment 2.0

www.cprindia.org/sites/default/files/NonAlignment 2.0_1.pdf.

“The views, findings and recommendations of this document are the product of collective deliberation by an independent group of analysts and policy makers: Sunil Khilnani, Rajiv Kumar, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Prakash Menon, Nandan Nilekani, Srinath Raghavan, Shyam Saran, Siddharth Varadarajan. The group’s activities were administratively supported by the National Defence College and Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. This document does not represent the views of either of these institutions, their faculty or their administration. Nor does it represent the views of any of the institutions with which the authors of document are affiliated. All statements of fact and expressions of opinion contained in this document are the sole responsibility of the authors.

Published 2012.

Printed in India.”

An unconvincing document, that begins with (mis)representing Indian foreign policy, both pre- and post-Pokhran II as a continuum based on the  pursuit of “strategic autonomy”, and  bolstered by a one-sided, uncritical view of the global economic order today and the policies of the economic reform era, seeks to define India’s foreign and strategic policy future on that basis..

Some of language in the report (and no doubt the composition of the group of authors too) are likely to confuse the unwary as in

Non-Alignment 2.0 need of the hour

The authors themselves though are clear enough about what they mean,

Shyam Saran: An India allying with none

and the message is understood clearly enough by other experts too,

Nonalignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India in the Twenty First Century
Ashley J. Tellis, Sadanand Dhume, Richard Fontaine, Teresita Schaffer