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India’s foreign policy no longer esoteric: Gokhale
Staff Correspondent
 SILCHAR, March 12 - India’s foreign policy is no longer esoteric and it is no longer meant for a few elites. It is in fact trickling down to the states and also to the smaller cities and towns in the country and going across other nations, said Nitin A Gokhale, formerly a journalist and now a strategic analyst.

Addressing students of Assam University, Silchar on Monday on ‘Paradigm shift in India’s Foreign Policy’ at the New India manthan, a dialogue with the leaders of tomorrow initiated by the Ministry of Human Resources Government of India and by the PMO, Gokhale said “India no longer wants to remain the good boys of foreign policy. India is taking bold decisions now. India’s foreign policy is not just about country to country but essentially transcending from the states to the other countries and this is the major change that has come about in the recent years.”

Referring to India’s resounding response on February 26 at Balakot to the dastardly terror attack by Pakistan aided terrorist outfit JeM in Pulwama on February 14 this year, Gokhale said that no nation has criticised the pre-emptive strike against terrorism in Pakistan which speaks volumes of the transformation in the stance towards maintaining foreign relations by India.

Gokhale, who is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Bharat Shakti, interacted with the students and responded to the queries on the policy matters. He expressed his happiness on coming back to Silchar and recollected his memories of working in Assam during his formative years of reporting from North East. Earlier, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dilip Chandra Nath in his welcome address expressed great joy on hosting the event which was webcasted across the nation live. Prof GP Pandey, head of the Department of Mass Communication coordinated the event and delivered the vote of thanks.

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