India is the pioneer of non-align movement(NAM). We were never part of any military alliances. Yet our relationship with the neighbors is not as cordial as it should have been?. What are the reasons?
a) India has a big brotherly attitude towards her smaller neighbours
b) India sermonizes too much
c) India is perceived as a military and economic threat in the eyes of her neighbours.
Pakistan: US puppet. NAM was an ALTERNATIVE so a COMPETITOR to the US, so the US used Pakistan to engage in hostility towards us. That's how Pakistan was shaped, internationally.
Sri Lanka: We should've thought more along the lines of "China & Hong Kong" than needlessly sending troops there in a conflict which didn't even concern us. That war damaged our PR by quite a bit in Sri Lanka, and not just in Northern Jaffna.
Nepal: We supported the wrong heads of state. The people have told us pretty bluntly, at the first national polling, who they like. And we're a democratic state, a state of the people. So we should naturally go by people's wishes. We didn't do that in Nepal.
Bhutan: Other than the Indo-Tibetian Mountain warfare corps, there is not much worth commenting ...more