The UGC Centre for SAARC Studies in collaboration with Departments of Economics, Social Work and Commerce & Management organised a Guest Lecture by Ambassador Achal Kumar Malhotra on India’s Foreign Policy: Current Priorities and Relevance of SAARC. This is a part of the Distinguished Lecture Series introduced by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Addressing the Faculty, Research Scholars and the students, the Ambassador touched upon the fundamental objectives of Indian Foreign Policy. He said that India believes in partnership and not alliances because in Alliance one has to sail with the collective decision whether one likes it or not. He touched upon Non-interference as a cardinal principle of Indian diplomacy. At the same time there were interventions on the part of India when there was an appeal from International stakeholders. He said that India has never been an aggressor. India believes in dialogue and a cautious and measured response like surgical strikes. India believes in strategic autonomy by balancing its relations with USA and Russia. He elaborated on the types of diplomacy such as Political, Economic and Cultural. He also discussed India’s policy towards China and SAARC. He said that SAARC is still relevant despite the Indo-Pak conflict.
Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University Prof G NageswaraRao presided over the programme. He explained the backdrop in which the lecture is being held at the behest of Ministry of External Affairs. Prof. K. Rama Mohana Rao, Principal, College of Arts and Commerce stressed the importance of Foreign Policy as a prelude to the Guest Lecture.
Prof M PrasadaRao explained about the Research that is being undertaken at the Centre for SAARC Studies with thrust on South Asia. Prof D Pullarao, Head, Department of Economics, Prof Sobhasri , Head, Department of Social Work, and Prof Satyanarayana, Head, Department of Commerce and Management and Dr V Sreemannarayana Murthy, Assistant Professor at the Centre for SAARC Studies, participated.