Exploring alternative perspectives by researchers and academicians to analyse foreign policies is needed: Prof Yadav
Amritsar, March 29: A two-day national seminar on ‘India’s Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change is being organised by the School of Social Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar under the auspices of the Indian Council of World Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. A large number of subject experts from all over India are participating.
The inaugural session of the seminar was presided over by Prof Emeritus RS Yadav, Dean Academic Affairs, State University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak who delivered the keynote address reflecting changes in the foreign policy of the present government. He emphasized on the need of exploring alternative perspectives by researchers and academicians to analyse foreign policies.
Prof Kirori Singh, Emeritus Professor from the University of Rajasthan and Dr. Amit Kumar, Research Fellow from the Indian Council of World Affairs, were the guests of honour at the event. Welcoming the dignitaries and paper presenters from various universities across the country, Dr Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice Chancellor said that such programmes provide an important platform for substantial discussions among subject experts and that the university always ensures good opportunities for researchers from all fields. Prof Kuldip Kaur, Head, School of Social Sciences, inaugurated the seminar highlighting the achievements of the department while seminar convener Dr Rajesh Kumar, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences acquainted the students with the theme of the Seminar and also proposed the Vote of Thanks to all present for the Seminar.
In a detailed discussion on the theme, chief guest Prof RS Yadav explained about challenges and changing perspectives in the current foreign policy. He pointed to a new, emerging ‘De-Nehruvian model’ of alignment in foreign relations under the government and how it impacts the narrative in strategic terms. He stressed upon improving India’s domestic capabilities in terms of employment generation, poverty reduction, human development and social security to enhance its economic narrative at the global level and its efforts for being a leading power. He also advocated for consensual dialogue and debate while formulating foreign policies and said that the perspectives promoting an emotional and populist understanding of the foreign policy must change to being rationalistic and critical.
Prof Kirori Singh also spoke at length about difficulties of conducting foreign policy in India, given the diverse neighbourhood and limited economic power. Dr Amit Kumar talked about the endeavours of the Indian Council of World Affairs in promoting research on India’s international relations and standing and serving as a clearinghouse of information and knowledge regarding world affairs.
More than 20 research papers were presented in three academic sessions on the first day, by professors, assistant professors and research fellows from different universities and institutes of New Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya and Punjab. The outstation participants were also taken to a trip to the Wagah Border to give them a glimpse of nationalist fervour in the Holy City.