With the world's fifth largest military expendituresecond largest armed forcesixth largest economy by nominal rates and third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity India is a regional power,  a nuclear powera nascent global power and a potential superpower.
India has a growing international influence and a prominent voice in global affairs. India is a newly industrialised countryhas a history of collaboration with several countries, is a component of the BRICS and a major part of developing world. India has taken part in several UN peacekeeping missions and init was the second-largest troop contributor to the United Nations.
Even before independence, the Government of India maintained semi-autonomous diplomatic relations. It had colonies such as the Best of allies Settlementwho sent and received full missions,  and was a founder member of both the League of Nations  and the United Nations.
During the Cold WarIndia adopted a foreign policy of not aligning itself with any major power bloc.
However, India developed close ties with the Best of allies Union and received extensive military support from it. The end of the Cold War significantly affected India's foreign policy, as it did for much of the world. The country now seeks to strengthen its diplomatic and economic ties with the United States,   the European Union trading bloc Japan,  Israel,  Mexico,  and Brazil.
Though India continues to have a military relationship with Russia,  Israel has emerged as India's second largest military partner  while India has built a strong strategic partnership with the United States. India's foreign policy has always regarded the concept of neighbourhood Best of allies one of widening concentric circles, around a central axis of historical and cultural commonalities.
As many as 22 million people of Indian origin live and work abroad and constitute an important link with the mother country. An important role of India's foreign policy has been to ensure their welfare and wellbeing within the framework of the laws of the country where they live. Jawaharlal NehruIndia's first Prime Ministerpromoted a strong personal role for the Prime Minister but a weak institutional structure.
Nehru served concurrently as Prime Minister and Minister of External Affairs; he made all major foreign policy decisions himself after consulting with his advisers and then entrusted the conduct of international affairs to senior members of the Indian Foreign Service.
His successors continued to exercise considerable control Best of allies India's international dealings, although they generally appointed separate ministers Best of allies external affairs. India's second prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri —66expanded the Prime Minister Office sometimes called the Prime Minister's Best of allies and enlarged its powers. By the s, the Office of the Prime Minister had become the de facto coordinator and supraministry of the Indian government.
The enhanced role of the office strengthened the prime minister's control over foreign policy making at the expense of the Ministry of External Affairs. Advisers in the office Best of allies channels of information and policy recommendations in addition to those offered by the Ministry of External Affairs. A subordinate part of the office—the Research and Analysis Wing RAW —functioned in ways that significantly expanded the information available to the prime minister and his advisers.
The RAW gathered intelligence, provided intelligence analysis to the Office of the Prime Minister, and conducted covert operations abroad. The prime minister's control and reliance on personal advisers in the Office of the Prime Minister was particularly strong under the tenures of Indira Gandhi —77 and —84 and her son, Rajiv —89who succeeded her, and weaker during the periods of coalition governments. Observers find it difficult to determine whether the locus of decision-making authority on any particular issue lies with the Ministry of External Affairs, the Council of Ministers, the Office of the Prime Minister, or the prime minister himself.
The Prime Minister is however free to appoint advisers and special committees to examine various foreign policy options and areas of interest. Subrahmanyam in to head a special government task force to study 'Global Strategic Best of allies over the next decade. The Ministry of External Affairs is the Indian Best of allies agency responsible for the foreign relations of India.
Sushma Swaraj is current Minister of External Affairs. During the cold war, India's relations with its South East Asian neighbours was not very strong. After the end of the cold war, the government of India particularly realised the importance of redressing this imbalance in India's foreign policy.
Consequently, the Narsimha Rao government in the early nineties of the last century unveiled the look east policy. Initially it focused on renewing political and economic contacts with the countries of East and South-East Asia. After the start of liberalisation, it was a very strategic policy decision taken by the government in the foreign policy.
To quote Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "it was also a strategic shift in India's vision of the world and India's place in the evolving global economy".
India's relations with the world have evolved since the British Raj —when the British Empire monopolised external and defence relations. When India gained independence infew Indians had experience in making or conducting Best of allies policy. However, the country's oldest political party, the Indian National Congresshad established a small foreign department in to make overseas contacts and to publicise its independence struggle.
From the late s on, Jawaharlal Nehruwho had a long-standing interest in world affairs among independence leaders, formulated the Congress stance on international issues.
As a member of the interim government inNehru articulated India's approach to the world. India's international influence varied over the years after independence. Indian prestige and moral authority were high in the s and facilitated the acquisition of developmental assistance from both East and West. Although Best of allies prestige stemmed from India's nonaligned stance, the nation was unable to prevent Cold War politics from becoming intertwined with interstate relations in South Asia.
In the s and s India's international position among developed and developing countries faded in the course of wars with China and Pakistan, disputes with other countries in South Asia, and India's attempt to balance Pakistan's support from Best of allies United States and China by signing the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in August Although India obtained substantial Soviet military and economic aid, which helped to strengthen the nation, India's influence was undercut regionally and internationally by the perception that its friendship with the Soviet Union prevented a more forthright condemnation of the Soviet presence in Afghanistan.
In the late s, India Best of allies relations with the United States, other developed countries, and China while continuing close ties with the Soviet Union.
In the s, India's economic problems and the demise of the bipolar world political system forced India to reassess its foreign policy and adjust its foreign relations.
Previous policies proved inadequate to cope with the serious domestic and international problems facing India. The end of the Cold War gutted the core meaning of nonalignment and left Indian foreign policy without significant direction. The hard, pragmatic considerations of the early s were still viewed within the nonaligned framework of the past, but the disintegration of the Soviet Union removed much of India's international leverage, for which relations with Russia and the Best of allies post-Soviet states could not compensate.
In the mids, India attracted the world attention towards the Pakistan-backed terrorism in Kashmir. The Kargil War resulted in a major diplomatic victory for India. The United States and European Union recognised the fact that Pakistani military had illegally infiltrated into Indian territory and pressured Best of allies to withdraw from Kargil.