Us vs China in the eyes of Indians

India’s geographical position establishes it as a single functioning democracy among many dictatorships, unruly non-state actors, and unsettled governments in its region.  Election in India are fast approaching and the outcome of these elections affect not only the citizens.  Indians vote theirs favorites into power, who then make decisions that affect the domestic and international aspect of Indian foreign affairs.

An article by the Pew Research Center notes that Indians favor the US (56%) over China (35%).  Indians are more incline to vote the representatives into office that will favor better relations with the US.  Additionally, about 70% of Indians have an unfavorable view Pakistan though many still desire better relations with the country.  The Indian government can expect increased pressure to push a more internationally focused agenda.  

Hana S.

One Response to “Election”

  1. mgraves2 says:

    I agree that whoever wins the election could have a dramatic effect on India’s foreign policy, particularly concerning India’s interactions with hostile nations such as China and Pakistan. An article(1) published earlier this year reports Narendra Modi’s inflammatory remarks against China concerning the disputed region of Arunachal Pradesh. If these comments are any indication of Modi’s foreign policy tactics, India could find itself in hot water by provoking unnecessary confrontations. This could potentially force India out if its long-time non-aligned stance, especially if India finds itself facing China in a potentially violent dispute.

    While the impending threat of China is always present to some degree or another, I do not think that foreign policy is nearly as important in voters’ minds as the economy and the lack of jobs. This article(2) discusses the jadedness of voters over the lack of Indian growth and the grandiose promises coming from both the BJP and the Congress. More than half of the Indian population is under the age of 25, and 100 million people between the ages 0f 18 and 23 became eligible to vote, a demographic seeking to establish itself and become financially stable. Both parties have recognized the need to reach out to young voters by promising economic growth and stability. Whoever wins, the economy will remain the major focus in Indians’ minds well after the elections are over.

    1) http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/allaboutnarendramodi/no-power-can-snatch-away-india-s-territory-says-modi-in-arunachal/article1-1186995.aspx

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