Projection of India as Next Super Power 'Loose-Talk': Menon

Published: 12th February 2014 11:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2014 11:00 PM   |  A+A-


There is a demand for India to be  a "net provider of security" in its extended neighbourhood, National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon on Wednesday said and termed as "loose-talk" its projection as a next super power.

He said India needed to have more multi-directional engagement with the world by adopting new approaches to old problems if it is to exploit the opportunities offered by the shifting global order. The old approach of "threat-listing" or status-quo attitude could make these opportunities a threat, he said.

"There is demand for India to be a net provider of  security in our extended neighbourhood. That's an opportunity. We have to make up our minds how we deal with that," he said in a lecture on "India in the 21st Century World" organised by Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents.

Expounding on it, Menon said the demand is that India steps in "in terms of maritime security" and helps other countries in building their capacities. Though he did not elaborate, the demand might have to do with various maritime disputes in the region, mostly involving China.

On India's projection as a next super power, he said, "In the last few years, there has been considerable loose-talk of whether India will be a super power. I am not sure what that means or that is a desirable goal. India has never sought to replace or imitate existing power holders.

Any change in the government following Lok Sabha elections is unlikely to have any impact on India's foreign relations, especially involving China and Pakistan, he said, pointing out that foreign policy is not really a major election issue.

When pressed on the issue as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has often taken on the government over its handling of issues involving the two neighbours, he said political parties do make noise in public but the country's official stand has been largely consistent. 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp