India’s domestic challenges stand in the way of regional and global ambitions us think tank

India’s domestic challenges stand in the way of regional and global ambitions us think tank

(Lalit K Jha)

Washington, Jun 11 (PTI) India’s domestic challenges due to the Kovid-19 crisis have become a hindrance in the way of its regional and global ambitions, a US-based think tank believes. At the same time, the think tank warned that the pandemic could affect the geopolitical balance in the Indo-Pacific region unless it overcomes this crisis with the help of allies like the US.

It said that it is in America’s best interest to help the country restore India’s status as a major power in Asia, especially as China tries to increase its stature. The ‘Hudson Institute think tank’ said that India provided medical aid to its neighbors at the start of the epidemic and followed vaccine diplomacy in the first three months of 2021, which has helped to project India as a regional leader and a global leader in the future. helped solidify his claims as a force.

Hussain Haqqani, former Pakistan ambassador to Sri Lanka and the US, and Hudson researcher Aparna Pandey wrote, “There was hope that India would be able to counter China’s ‘soft power’ on its own.” However, India’s domestic challenges now stand in the way of its regional and global ambitions.” Haqqani is currently the director of South and Central Asia Affairs at the Hudson Institute. Pandey is the director of the think tank ‘Initiatives on the Future of India and South Asia’.

“Unless India recovers from this crisis with the help of allies like the US, the pandemic could affect the geopolitical balance in the Indo-Pacific region,” said a joint release issued by Hudson, according to the think tank’s report. According to India, in the first phase of the Kovid-19 epidemic, India played the role of a regional leader. But the reluctance of government leaders to accept the advice of scientific advisors and not to accelerate vaccine production and distribution has seriously damaged India’s position.

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Haqqani and Pandey wrote that nearly a year and a half after the Kovid-19 pandemic, China’s intimidation in South Asia has increased more than ever. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka are in debt to China and they have taken huge loans from China due to the pandemic. “If India and the US and the financial institutions led by them do not help Maldives and Nepal, both these countries can also turn to China for help,” he said.

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