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If India had the joined the military pacts like SEATO, CENTO during the cold war era, do you think India would have been a much stronger country than what it is today? If so why?

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Asked by Good Citizen, 17 Oct '12 03:19 pm
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No, Non-alignment is a much misunderstood term in the West. It was, perhaps, Nehru's greatest
contribution to a common consciousness among the newly independent countries of the Third
World.

This concept was born amidst the chilling blasts of the Cold War in the mid Forties, though its
origins could be traced to the late twenties and mid Thirties during India's non violent struggle
for independence. The pronouncements of a political party of a country still struggling for
independence do not carry the same weight as those of an independent sovereign government.
Even Nehru's declarations as Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs of India in the
late Forties & early Fifties were not taken too seriously at first either in the West or the East. ...more
Answered by dharamender nebhnani, 17 Oct '12 04:02 pm

 
  
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I do not think so, since India's foreign policy was not independent except for the Trade relations and indigenous governance
Answered by Sharmila Bose, 17 Oct '12 03:41 pm

 
  
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It wouldn't have mattered. Pakistan is a SEATO member nation and we whopped their butts in all 3 wars. Joining alliances don't make u stronger, they just make u a junior partner. We would be forever reliant on American imports on the other hand, which would've made us weaker. Americans don't give licenses for countries to manufacture their military hardware so we'd be even more bound to the whims and fancies of America.

And if we joined SEATO, we Pakistan would still control Bangladesh, so we'd be a lot more weaker in that sense too, in sense we'd have to face them on 2 fronts.
Answered by A Moin, 17 Oct '12 03:23 pm

 
  
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Yes,because of easy access to their technology n market.
Answered by Damodar Biswal, 17 Oct '12 03:21 pm

 
  
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