SAARC has taken a new meaning altogether. Despite being a body to project aspirations of India and its neighbours, it has hardly achieved its objectives. At the helm of it, being the conflicts between the regional players.Our Former PM I. K Gujral had aptly laid down guidelines regarding what Modern India should be in order to strengthen its relations with its neighbours. It had to be more giving and not be reciprocated in its efforts. India has throughout history, done that. But still, the situation has come to this.SAARC isn’t important for bilateral trade or to increase economical objectives of India, it’s more about its strategic importance. If India would leave its neighbours to be, soon it’d be surrounded by a hostile environment from all sides, with foreign powers using the neighbours as a proxy to advance their own interests against India.But, still, SAARC hasn’t performed significantly in the matter of regional cooperation. Bangladesh with Chinese inputs into its ports is seen to be distancing from India. Nepal is going in a different trajectory altogether with the constitutional amendment claiming India land to be theirs.History with Pakistan is a different matter altogether. We have differences that can never be reconciled, surely not with the present conditions and affiliations of Pakistan. It is a reason why India isn’t working on SAARC and focussing on BIMSTEC instead.The problem that we would face in China, the only power strong in the Asian continent to counter it is India and with the US backing, China is very apprehensive and is using border disputes and our regional neighbours to counter our interests.If India is to move forward, the Gujral Doctrine should be the basis. We need to be more open to our regional neighbours as well as our extended neighbourhood. Only, then would we able to suppress China and establish our legacy as a Superpower that isn’t aggressive but is responsible.