India and the World

India has formal diplomatic relations with most nations of the world. Being the world's second most populous country and the world's most populous democracy, India has been recognized as a nation with one of the fasted economic growth in the world.

With the world's tenth largest military expenditure and the ninth largest economy and the fourth largest by purchasing power; India is a regional power and a potential global power. India's growing international authority has given it more prominence in global affairs. India has had a long history of collaboration with several countries and because of its growing economy is considered the leader of the developing world. The country has also been a founding member of several international organizations like, the United Nations, the Non-Aligned movement, the Asian Development Bank and the G 20 Industrial Nations and has also played an important role in other international organizations like the East Asia Summit.

India is part of regional organizations such as SAARC (South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation), BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and economic Cooperation). The country has also taken part in several UN peacekeeping missions and in 2007; it was the second largest troop contributor to the United Nations and is currently seeking a permanent seat in the UN Security Council along with the G 4 nations.

Last Updated on : 22 November 2011