India must shed its strategic ambivalence in the multipolar world

PTI5_22_2018_000027ATreasured friendship: President Putin and Prime Minister Modi during their informal summit in Sochi, Russia in May 2018 | PTI

A WIDELY PREVALENT REFRAIN in our strategic discourses is that the present trajectory of international politics presents India with unprecedented opportunities to advance national interests. This estimation also appears to have reached the policymaking level. In a typical remark, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently said India should take advantage of a trade war between the United States and China. Some Indian analysts take a similar perspective with regard to the 19th annual India-Russia summit, which takes place on October 5 in New Delhi.

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