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Brick And Mortar Of Foreign Policy

The principal drawback of the foreign policy establishment is that it is miserably understaffed. While New Delhi does have some first-rate diplomats, what we really need are not a few overworked senior officials but more, well-trained personnel. On account of financial constraints, bureaucratic inertia and inter-ministerial disagreements, all we have are around 900-odd Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers to operationalise India’s ambitious foreign policy initiatives.

Read Here – The Hindu

India’s Foreign Office Needs New Sheen

Since many years the perception has grown — stronger by the year — in the country’s foreign policy establishment as well as among India’s interlocutors that the foreign office’s contribution to critical foreign policy decisions has been substantially eroded.

Read Here – The HIndu

Foreign Policy On A Shoestring (Is Killing India’s Ambition To Become A Bigger Power)

To call yourself a state, a government, you must have people you can deploy to carry out the functions of government. In an earlier column, i shared with readers the abysmal figures in India. The Indian problem is not too many officials; it is, instead, that we have too few to deal with the millions of rules we have put in place. The number of front-line, executive administrators (the IAS), police officers (IPS) and diplomats (IFS) per thousand Indians is so paltry that the Indian government resembles a medieval court more than a modern state. The Mughals probably ran India with as many civilian officials when the population of India was perhaps one-sixth what it is today.

Read Here – The Times of India

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