India has long been able to see both sides of an argument in international affairs – and today is a champion of a multipolar global order.
This frustrates countries like the USA and Australia, which clearly see the world in terms of goodies and baddies – for them, the world order is either run by “us or them”.
India’s independent approach was seen in the recent reinforcement of its long held close friendship with Russia. At a time when the rise of China has pushed India into closer relations with the US and Japan, the Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar held a three day visit to Russia, to reassure an old friend.
Russia could be described as India’s oldest and strongest allies since independence.
“I think what makes our working together so natural and comfortable is our belief in a multipolar global order,” Jaishankar said.
In the complexity of our pandemic world, “multipolar” could be something that takes us forward in peace.