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P V Narasimha Rao and India’s Foreign Policy

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P V Narasimha Rao is known for his contribution towards uplifting India from a serious balance of payments crisis and liberalising the economy in 1991. On 9 February 2024, in honouring Rao with the Bharat Ratna, the Prime Minister emphasised Raos instrumental role in making India economically advanced, laying a solid foundation for the countrys prosperity and growth. But what is often less recognised is the significance of Rao in providing a pragmatic shift to Indian foreign policy.

Rao became the Prime Minister at a crucial juncture when world politics was undergoing a pivotal change with the disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the end of the Cold War. The then structure of the international system reflected the changing power dynamics with the United States (US) asserting its dominance in the international community. In the changed circumstances, Rao took a vital decision to deviate from the conventional approach to foreign policy by establishing diplomatic relations with countries having strategic significance for India.

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Published On : 9th Mar, 2024

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