Manifesto Comparison, General Elections 2014 (9 of 9): Foreign Policy

Current Situation:

  • Desire for multipolar world (power should be diffused across the world).
  • Relations with US have deteriorated over Nuclear Liability Law and Devyani Case. Relations with West have improved and measures like foreign investment allowed West’s money to flow into India.
  • Engagements with emerging countries continued. Russia remained a reliable partner and relations with China have improved incrementally barring border skirmishes.
  • No significant new steps with Pakistan and policies for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been met with opposition from regional parties.

Stands of various parties on the issue:

Congress:

  • Will work towards improving relations with Pakistan while stressing on the need to act against perpetrators of 26/11.
  • Will continue to extend all possible aid to rehabilitate Sri Lankan Tamils. Will stress in time bound inquiry into allegations of human rights violations committed by the Sri Lankan forces during the war.
  • Will work with China to resolve differences of perception over Indian borders and the Line of Actual Control.
  • Will mobilise support for India’s permanent membership in the UN Security Council.
  • Will protect overseas Indians from exploitation or threats.

BJP:

  • Will pursue friendly relations in the neighborhood. However, where required will not hesitate from taking “strong stand and steps”.
  • Will work towards strengthening regional forums like SAARC and ASEAN. Continue dialogue, engagement and cooperation with global forums like BRICS, G20, IBSA, SCO and ASEM.
  • Will expand and empower pool of diplomats.
  • Persecuted Hindus welcome to seek refuge in India.

CPI(M):

  • Continued dialogue with Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues; promote people to people relations.
  • Engage with Sri Lankan government to devolve powers so that Tamil speaking people can have autonomy within a united Sri Lanka.
  • Extend full support to the cause of Palestinian state; sever military and security ties with Israel.
  • Special efforts to build ties with Bangladesh, approve the land boundary agreement and settle the Teesta waters agreement.
  • Revise Indo-US nuclear agreement.

AAP:

  • Reducing political hostilities in our intermediate neighborhood through confidence building, and providing development and relief assistance to neighbors.
  • Focus on balancing trade with China and recover Sino-Indian civilization exchanges.
  • Supplement India’s meaningful engagement with the US, with that of other blocs such as the BRICS, and IBSA and encourage a multi-polar world.
  • Continue to play and active role in protecting agricultural and rural communities in the developing world against first world subsidies through WTO.

Note: The content produced here is taken from The Hindu. Writers of Know India have not changed the content in any way. Points of other national parties were not included as either their manifestos were not released (BSP) or they are small in their presence (NCP). For full comparison (which we will release in 9 volumes) can be seen at http://www.thehindu.com/multimed…

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