Shivshankar Menon says India can’t lay claim to “vishwa guru” status yet; explains that vis-à-vis China, the govt shouldn’t be “defending a narrative”, but “actual position on the ground”; and believes that the country cannot rely only on atmanirbharta. The session was moderated by Dy Chief of Bureau Shubhajit Roy.
SHUBHAJIT ROY: What made you write India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present?
I am convinced that India does best when she is most engaged and connected with the outside world. Unfortunately, what I see happening in the last few years is that we are turning inwards — a sort of closing of the Indian mind, cutting off from the outside world. We are very convinced that we are unique, we are exceptional, which we might be, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need the world. So (the book) is really a plea for engagement with the rest of the world, particularly with our home, Asia.
SHUBHAJIT ROY: Do you…