1. Since the very inception of
an independent democratic India, the country has always aimed to
be a voice to be heard in international affairs. Over the years,
it has had consistent policies in response to the international
issues and the challenges of the time. Domestic constraints imposed
by the socio-economic imperatives faced by an emerging and developing
nation, lack of economic or military superiority, and the preoccupation
of the developed world with the cold war has, till recently, restricted
our country's ability to be an influential global player. Within
these limitations, however, it is creditable that some deft policy
initiatives have ensured that we have been able to uphold our national
interests without making any compromise.
2. Today, the situation is vastly
different. Since the opening up of its economy, India has progressed
by leaps and bounds, and the international community today recognizes
not only its economic potential, but also its ability to influence
international issues. In the post cold war world, apart from the
burgeoning economy, India's known conventional military strenght,
as well as its acknowledged nuclear capability has significantly
aided this change in perspective. Increasingly, India's action will
have widespread implications for global security arrangements and
economic interactions. Indeed, there has never been a greater opportunity
for India to realise its aspirations of becoming a world power ,
and to play a dominant role in regional and global affairs.
3. As a result, international
relations have acquired a new meaning , and the world community
at large would closely monitor India's response. Under the circumstances
, it is imperative that our efforts towards these ends are appropriately
channalised and a multi pronged strategy with a calicrated approach
be adopted by the leadership, academic and policy community and
the citizenry. Opportunities press India to seize the inititive
and move forward with conviction and determination to the challenge
of globaliozation and derive the maximum benefit for home.
4. It is widely acknowledged that
this process would necessarily need a multi dimensional approach,
and Track II initiatives would cmplement those taken by official
and government channels. The process would require the institution
of an organization that serves as a think tank for policy formulation.
Such an institution would need to draw on the experience of specialists
from divers fields so as to provide tangible outputs as and when
required. Part of the outputs would be based on long term perspective
planning and research, which some outputs would be required on a
more dynamic basis, necessitating the establishment of permanent
staff and premises.
5. Consistent with the foregoing,
GLOBAL INDIA FOUNDATION is instituted.