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Newsline: India’s silent diplomacy amid Ukraine crisis allows room for strategic autonomy

India has faced some questions from the west on what is being described by some as soft-peddling on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Regardless of this, New Delhi has maintained a “cautious stance” on expressing its views on the matter but it continues to call for the cessation of violence and the path of diplomacy to end the conflict. (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/india-s-silent-diplomacy-amid-ukraine-crisis-allows-room-for-strategic-autonomy/ar-AAXOne4) Against this backdrop, in an article jointly authored by academics Jagannath Panda and Eerishika Pankaj, the experts argued that India is staying true to its own policies of non-alignment and national interest needs. Panda is the head of ISDP’s (Institute for Security & Development Policy) Stockholm Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs. Meanwhile, Eerishika Pankaj is the Director of the Organisation for Research on China & Asia (ORCA). Writing for the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), they contend that India’s silent diplomacy on Ukraine allows room to maintain its strategic autonomy and such an overture allows Russia some respite from international backlash.

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