India's Role in Keeping Peace in Africa

Ruchita Beri is Consultant at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • March 2008

    India has played a major role in keeping peace in Africa through its participation in the UN peacekeeping operations in the continent. For India, being at the forefront in peacekeeping in Africa is driven by a combination of factors, the aim to promote world peace and also safeguard its national interest. India's contributions are thus unique in the context of professionalism, humanitarian concern, and gender sensitivity. However, as an important global player with growing world-wide influence, India needs to refashion and re-energize its future participatory role in peacekeeping in Africa. This article argues that India should not be seen as a reluctant player but an active and responsible power further striving towards strengthening multinational operations and effecting sustainable peace in Africa.