If Modi plucks the low-hanging diplomatic fruit with India's partners, his efforts to detox the domestic environment will get a big boost.
Returning to inclusive politics, regaining the focus on economic development, and, above all, restoring domestic harmony are all critical to arresting the erosion of Modi’s political capital at home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is changing the nature of India’s world view, recasting its self-image, and altering the character of its diplomacy.
Despite Modi’s claim to Vajpayee’s strategic legacy, the latter’s understanding of the subcontinent’s past and his vision for the region’s future appear to have little resonance within the BJP and RSS.
It is easy to forget that domestic stability holds the key to a successful foreign policy.