In the past India has followed a policy of non- intervention in the internal affairs of other countries. However, it cannot shy away from its commitment and support to a peaceful mass movement for political reform. What we are witnessing in West Asia and North Africa at present is a fundamental shift in the very foundations of the regional political order. The mass protests in Egypt and earlier in Tunisia signal the disgruntlement and dissatisfaction of people with authoritarian regimes that have ruled over them for decades; what the people want is a democratic system. In this environment, as a democratic nation, India needs to back the peaceful transition acceptable to the people of Egypt.