Podcast | Pak Fixation Won’t Help, India Should Engage with China
Unfortunately, India has remained fixated on Pakistan, even as our economic heft has multiplied, says Raghav Bahl
In the late 1940s, India and China won independence from colonial rule. While the trajectories of their respective freedom movements were quite different, there was one remarkable similarity. Both broke up into two enemy nations apiece, China/Taiwan and India/Pakistan. For seven decades now, these pairs of estranged siblings have stayed implacable foes.
But as China closed in on Superpower status, it de-hyphenated from Taiwan without lessening its hostility. China is now America’s global rival, not Taiwan’s principal adversary.
Unfortunately, India has remained fixated on Pakistan, even as our economic heft has multiplied manifold. Yet we continue to invest almost all our diplomatic capital in an India-Pakistan binary. This must change. A country’s standing in world affairs is defined by who its primary competitors are. India must raise its gaze from Pakistan, without lessening its chokehold, yet diminishing the high-pitched/overt importance we give it in our foreign policy narrative.
Tune in to this podcast, where The Quint’s Editor-in-Chief Raghav Bahl talks about why India should get away from Pakistan crossfire and give primacy to China instead.
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