-Master Aditya Amonkar  -Std. IX

Might is not always right. It is not by brute force that we always get what we want, sometimes grace and calmness is important. India has never invaded any foreign country, and has always practiced the saying “live and let live” in the true sense. India always strives to create a peaceful environment. Non-violence( Ahimsa) is a thought process, which is Mahatma Gandhi’s brainchild. Martin Luther King visited India, in February 1959, when he famously stated: “To other countries, I may go as a tourist but to India I come as a pilgrim… if this age is to survive, it must follow the way of love and nonviolence that [Gandhi] so nobly illustrated  in his life.

Joseph Nye coined the term “soft power.” It is now used frequently— the ability of a country to persuade others to do what it wants without force or coercion.

India is a country in which all major religions – co-exist. India is fortunate enough to be endowed with a rich ‘Soft Power’. The foundation of India’s Soft Power is her pluralism, tolerance, secularism, cultural heritage of music, dance-drama,  andyoga. June 21 is internationally celebrated as  World Yoga Day. In hundreds of cities around the world, thousands of people come together for yoga

An ancient culture, vibrant democracy, spirituality, diversity, and a widespread diaspora – provide India with core attributes that are attractive to the World.The Indian diaspora seems to be winning the hearts of the world with their endearing character and peaceful qualities.

The  films churned out by Mumbai’s gargantuan Hindi  film industry have long been popular in certain regions of the world The soft power of India’s Hindi film industry,  in some ways can be a very important instrument of foreign policy and cultural  relations.

Indian culture is among the oldest in the world.  India has exported cuisine, architecture, religious precepts and other cultural products that have taken deep roots  and registered their presence in most parts of the world.