On the 60th anniversary of the day that we became a republic, each one of us probably looked back at the past; praised what went right and wondered how so much went wrong. But this process of reflection wouldn't be complete if we didn't spend some time contemplating what direction our country should take from this day forward.
One change that I am hoping for is India letting go off its reluctance to actively engage in geo politics and start playing an active role in determining what the new equilibrium in the sub continent will look like. Although its been a long time since we buried the principles of the Non Aligned Movement, the detachment that was the fundamental governing principle of the movement still seems to hold us back. And as a growing economic power surrounded by extremely hostile neighbors, its a strategy that is bound to fail.

If we are going to get into specifics,  I would like to see India take an active role in the Afghanistan conflict. Making sure that the Afghan does not make a comeback is of vital strategic importance to us. If Pakistan becomes secure on their western front, their targets will quickly turn back to India. For more on that read this.

Wishing you all a very happy republic day.


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