The tone of disinterest in Asian defense diplomacy, set by former Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony during the UPA years, appears to continue under the Narendra Modi government.
Is India getting back on track?
Narendra Modi’s greatest momentum has been in foreign policy. But the external opportunities he has successfully created for India could be undermined by potential domestic failures.
Although geography limits New Delhi’s role in East Asia, Modi is betting India can win friends and partners through active engagement.
India should judge the possibilities for civil nuclear cooperation with China on the basis of technical merit and economic costs. Delhi should not allow political reservations, especially on the Sino-Pak nuclear nexus, to come in the way of atomic energy cooperation between India and China.
Modi is trying to move the Sino-Indian relationship out of the stasis that it finds itself in.
Modi is abandoning the old approach to China. But he needs to get the Delhi establishment to play ball.
The Indian armed forces played a decisive role in winning the two World Wars. But national amnesia about India’s role in the two wars tended to diminish the subcontinent’s massive contributions to the shaping of the 20th century international order.
Although Kathmandu is currently being flooded with media and relief teams from around the world, the cameras will soon leave Nepal. But India must stick around for the long haul.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to New Delhi offers an opportunity for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to recalibrate India’s Afghan policy toward greater realism and more modest goals.