India can’t secure its multiple interests in the Middle East without a much greater political engagement with all of the contending forces in the region.
The first round of boundary talks with China under the Narendra Modi government is an opportunity for New Delhi to explore the territorial compromises necessary to resolve the longstanding dispute.
India has learned to carefully navigate between the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of its neighbors and the need to manage the indivisible nature of the subcontinent’s security.
Narendra Modi has made up for lost time in Mauritius when he outlined a comprehensive framework for India as a maritime power.
As he travels across the Indian Ocean this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biggest challenge is not countering China. His real problem is in Delhi, afflicted by a condition called continentalism, which has proved rather difficult to overcome.
Given its enduring impact on India and its neighborhood, responding to China’s Silk Road initiative is a major challenge for Indian foreign policy.
Squeezed between the Sunni extremism of the Islamic State on the one hand and the rising political clout of the Shia Iran on the other, the Saudis are apparently eager to cash in their many IOUs in Pakistan.
If the Modi government can change the external dimension to Jammu and Kashmir for the better, it could create a conducive environment for the ambitious internal agenda for development articulated by the BJP and PDP.
Having suspended talks with Islamabad last August, the Indian government needed a diplomatic device to renew the engagement with Pakistan.
As the Indian government presents the rail budget, it is worth reflecting on the growing gap between the Indian railway system and that of its Asian peer, China.