“The conduct of foreign affairs is an outcome of a two-way interaction between domestic compulsions and prevailing international climate”. Take one example from India’s external relations in the 1960s to substantiate your answer.
The statement is justified to maximum extent to be proved during ‘Sino-Indian Conflict of 1962’ to dent India’s image at home and international level, India had to approach the Americans and the British for military assistance to tide over the issues. The Soviet Union remained neutral during the conflict:
- All the occurrings, created a sense of national humiliation but strengthened a spirit of nationalism also on the other hand.
- Pt. Nehru was also criticised for his naive assessment of Chinese intentions and lack of military preparedness.
- Political mood of country began to change when no-confidence motion against Nehru moved in and debated in Lok-Sabha.
- ‘Sino-Indian Conflict’ split the Communist Party of India in 1964s split faction formed the communist party of India (CPI-M).
- Besides, the war with China alerted Indian leadership to volatile situation in the North east region.
- Apart from being isolated and extremely underdeveloped, this region posed the challenge of national integration in front of India.