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Julia Kondrushenko, Country Studies What are the aims of foreign policy of India, particularly in the light of strategic

interests of India? How is foreign policy carried out in India? India is a heart of Asian Continent. Its a cradle of incomparable culture, which even restored from the ashes of British colonization period. But it can be easily destroyed by single push on a button. Contemporary issues of global society include one vulnerable question nuclear power. Given a fact, that even peaceful atom can be extremely dangerous, many debates were created at that point. The NPT, conceived by USA, Russia, Great Britain, China and France, is formally a barrier, but in fact, the world we live in faces a problem of nuclear weapon threat from unofficial nuclear weapons owners like Iraq, Iran and Israel, for example. The question is will it be used? It is clear that India had to develop nuclear technologies because of potential threat from China and endless confrontation with Pakistan. The syllabus was on the protection, not an aggressive action. The key features have always been: promoting disarmament, controlling the army forces and minimum nuclear deterrence. To my mind, the huge diversity of nuclear countries cause an arms race, but, on the contrary, it is a slow diffusion there is no powerful center, no leading threat. Everybody having a weapon is a remedy; I mean its a guarantee of peaceful living. If you use it, it will be affecting you though, if you killed, you would be killed. But there is one more interesting point India still is not a NPT member, and signing a convention with the US in 2005 it has received full rights in developing the nuclear programme.

At the same time Pakistan is trying to receive an analogical carte blanche, but its rebellion reputation meets a dead-end. Radical Islam networks can capture it without many difficulties and cause worldwide terror. That is why we can be assured Indian ambassadors had done the world phenomena, providing their country with fundamental force. That is just one more reason for India to lead a huge Asian region. We can only hope that China and India would divide it peacefully. Strong neighborhood will always be an arising problem resources, markets, leadership are a plum, anyway. Some critics argue that India should have destroyed Pakistan to provide patience to Asia. As I see it, that step would be a new World War start; it is not as easy to complete this inhumane plan with a minimum sacrifices. Moreover, there is no sense in it Pakistan is not the only nuclear weapon owner. Strategic interests of nuclear countries lie in a quiet regional impact measuring. To conclude, I would like to stress your attention on a rule NEVER FIRST TO USE. India is reaching the vanguard position in the world, partly thanks to nuclear forces. Margaret Thatcher said once: A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. But, nevertheless, the actions should be very careful and farsighted, in order not to disturb hidden forces and conflicts